5-Star Stocks Poised to Pop: Vodafone

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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, U.K. mobile giant Vodafone Group (NAS: VOD) has earned a coveted five-star ranking.

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

Vodafone facts

Headquarters (Founded)Newbury, U.K. (1984)
Market Cap$140.1 billion
IndustryWireless telecom services
Trailing-12-Month Revenue$74.0 billion
ManagementCEO Vittorio Colao (since 2008)
CFO Andrew Halford (since 2005)
Return on Equity (Average, Past 3 Years)9.2%
Cash/Debt$12.2 billion / $57.1 billion
Dividend Yield3.5%
CompetitorsDeutsche Telecom
Orange S.A.
Telefonica

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

On CAPS, 95% of the 1,238 members who have rated Vodafone believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward.

Late last year, one of those Fools, LegendPhoenix, nicely summed up the bull case for our community:

You probably know Vodafone is a British telecommunications company that controls either a majority share or is at least a partner network for pretty much every country in Europe. You might even know that they own 45% of Verizon's wireless network. ... What you may not know is Vodafone is growing their networks throughout Australia, India, New Zealand, Egypt, South Africa and creating partnership networks in dozens of other developing and emerging markets.

As an investor, I like their aggressive expansion. ... Once they've established a foothold, they can continue to grow into adjacent markets across Asia, Africa and potentially South America.

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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 Vodafone. The Fool owns shares of Telefonica. 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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