4-Star Stocks Poised to Pop: FactSet Research

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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, financial information provider FactSet Research Systems (NYS: FDS) has earned a respected four-star ranking.

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

FactSet facts

Headquarters (founded)Norwalk, Conn. (1978)
Market Cap$4.4 billion
IndustryApplication software
Trailing-12-Month Revenue$771.4
ManagementChairman/CEO Philip Hadley COO Peter Walsh
Return on Equity (average, past 3 years)31.4%
Cash/Debt$200.2 million / $0
Dividend Yield1.1%
CompetitorsBloomberg MSCIThomson Reuters

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

On CAPS, 96% of the 385 members who have rated FactSet believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward.  

Just last month, one of those Fools, ShawnRobinson, tapped the stock as a solid long-term opportunity:

investors are concerned over the recent decline in subscriber growth, hinting that the company is showing signs of weakness. FDS earns revenue on a per-user basis and any cost-cutting measures conducted by financial institutions is a valid concern. But given that FDS has grown revenue every year since 1996, and has successfully captured market share from their larger rivals Bloomberg and Thomson Reuters, long-term investors should evaluate if the weakness is temporary.  

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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 FactSet Research Systems. 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 Motley Fool has a disclosure policy.

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