5-Star Stocks Poised to Pop: AmBev

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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, Brazilian beer and soft drink maker Companhia de Bebidas das Americas (NYS: ABV) , also known as AmBev, has earned a coveted five-star ranking.

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

AmBevfacts

Headquarters (Founded)Sao Paulo (1988)
Market Cap$118.3 billion
IndustryBrewers
Trailing-12-Month Revenue$15.2 billion
ManagementCEO Joao Castro Neves
CFO Nelson Jamel
Return on Equity (Average, Past 3 Years)31.5%
Cash/Debt$3.8 billion / $3.1 billion
Dividend Yield4.1%
CompetitorsCoca-Cola
FEMSA
Molson Coors

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

On CAPS, 97% of the 502 members who have rated AmBev believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward.  

Last month, one of those bulls, Naxias, highlighted several of AmBev's positives:

A growing company, increasing revenues, decreasing debt, pays dividends (although not as regularly as I would like to see), and it sells consumer goods in growth and emerging markets. Put that in a can and drink 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 Coca-Cola and FEMSA. Motley Fool newsletter services have recommended buying shares of Coca-Cola. 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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