4-Star Stocks Poised to Pop: Google

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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, Internet search gorilla Google (NAS: GOOG) has earned a respected four-star ranking.

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

Google facts

Headquarters (founded)Mountain View, Calif. (1998)
Market Cap$198.0 billion
IndustryInternet information providers
Trailing-12-Month Revenue$37.9 billion
ManagementCo-Founder/CEO Larry Page
CFO Patrick Pichette
Return on Equity (average, past 3 years)19.9%
Cash/Debt$44.6 billion / $6.2 billion
CompetitorsAOL
MSN
Yahoo!

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

On CAPS, 86% of the 17,441 members who have rated Google believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward.  

Just last month, one of those Fools, All-Star TMF1000, nicely summed up the Google bull case:

The migration of advertising to the Internet is a very strong trend. With the recession over, they should start to moving away from the S&P500. I think it will get increasingly harder to get them under $600.

I consider Google one of my core stocks with a "superstock" status. It isn't without competition. Microsoft, Apple and other giant companies are competing in some of its businesses. I think there is room for more than one successful search engine and room for more than one successful cloud computing business and music store. ...

Google has given us opportunities to buy under $600, so I am always watchful for that, but I think the present price is a good one. All their businesses are performing well and growing at a healthy pace. ... I am confident is will make a good long-term investment for me and also give me plenty of opportunities to trade it.

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At the time this article was published Fool contributor Brian Pacampara owns no position in any of the companies mentioned. The Motley Fool owns shares of Google, Yahoo!, Apple, and Microsoft. Motley Fool newsletter services have recommended buying shares of Google, Yahoo!, Apple, and Microsoft, as well as creating a bull call spread position in both Apple and Microsoft. 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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