5-Star Stocks Poised to Pop: Beam

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Based on the aggregated intelligence of 180,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, premium spirits specialist Beam (NYS: BEAM) has earned a coveted five-star ranking.

With that in mind, let's take a closer look at Beam's business and see what CAPS investors are saying about the stock right now.

Beam facts

Headquarters (Founded)Deerfield, Ill. (1904)
Market Cap$8.4 billion
IndustryDistillers and vintners
Trailing-12-Month Revenue$7.4 billion
ManagementCEO Matthew Shattock
CFO Robert Probst
Return on Equity (Average, Past 3 Years)5.7%
Dividend Yield1.5%
CompetitorsBrown-Forman
Diageo
Pernod Ricard

Sources: S&P Capital IQ and Motley Fool CAPS.

On CAPS, 98% of the 84 members who have rated Beam believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward.

Late last year, one of those Fools, All-Star InvestWhatWorks, highlighted Beam as a refreshing opportunity:

Beam, Inc is the 4th largest premium-spirits company in the world, the 2nd largest in the United States and Australia and the largest US-based premium-spirits company. The liquor industry is a defensive-industry. People buy liquor in good times and bad; in good economics and bad economies. And Beam has recently become a pure-play company in this defensive-industry. ...

There are two main plays with Beam. The first is Beam as an emerging-market play. The second is Beam as a potential takeover play. ...

And should Beam not be acquired, the stock should still be owned. The company pays a decent dividend, the balance sheet is strong and the company has great growth prospects.

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At the time this article was published Fool contributor Brian Pacampara owns no position in any of the companies mentioned. Motley Fool newsletter services have recommended buying shares of Beam and Diageo. The Fool owns shares of Diageo. Try any of our Foolish newsletter services free for 30 days.We Fools may not all hold the same opinions, but we all believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. The Fool's disclosure policy always gets a perfect score.

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