5-Star Stocks Poised to Pop: Towne Bank

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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, regional bank Towne Bank (NAS: TOWN) has earned a coveted five-star ranking.

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

Towne facts

Headquarters (founded)Portsmouth, Va. (1998)
Market Cap$393.4 million
IndustryRegional banks
Trailing-12-Month Revenue$190.4 million
ManagementChairman/CEO Robert Aston
CFO Clyde McFarland
Return on Equity (average, past 3 years)6.4%
Dividend Yield2.4%
CompetitorsBB&T
Heritage Bankshares
SunTrust Banks

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

On CAPS, 96% of the 46 members who have rated Towne believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward.

Just last week, one of those Fools, dajmipivo, offered some customer insight into the bull case:

Towne Bank is my local bank. They do well in my area, and are well thought of. The economy is notably stronger in Hampton Roads, VA than the rest of the country, and unemployment is a few points lower as well. They have expanded their footprint onto the Outer Banks of [North Carolina] where the well heeled live and vacation.

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