4-Star Stocks Poised to Pop: Vertex Pharmaceuticals

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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, drug developer Vertex Pharmaceuticals (NAS: VRTX) has earned a respected four-star ranking.

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

Vertex facts

Headquarters (founded)Cambridge, Mass. (1989)
Market Cap$8.5 billion
IndustryBiotechnology
Trailing-12-Month Revenue$1.4 billion
ManagementDr. Jeffrey Leiden (since February 2012)
CFO Ian Smith (since October 2001)
Return on Equity (average, past 3 years)(61.6%)
Cash/Debt$968.9 million / $400.0 million
CompetitorsBristol-Myers Squibb
Merck
PTC Therapeutics

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

On CAPS, 92% of the 716 members who have rated Vertex believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward.  

Just last week, one of those Fools, irishred1, succinctly summed up the bull case for our community:

Just gettin started -- looked at [price-to-sales] compared with [Alexion Pharmaceuticals] and this one has so much upside it astounds me. 2nd blockbuster Kalydeco coming along and then possible expansion to other [cystic-fibrosis] patients, combined with fact of all oral HCV treatments being tested and INCIVEK blockbuster profit machine for next couple years ... count me in.

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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 Vertex. 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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