4-Star Stocks Poised to Pop: Whole Foods Market

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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, natural and organic food retailer Whole Foods Market (NAS: WFM) has earned a respected four-star ranking.

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

Whole Foods facts

Headquarters (founded)Austin, Texas (1978)
Market Cap$15.6 billion
IndustryFood retail
Trailing-12-Month Revenue$10.5 billion
ManagementCo-Founder/Co-CEO John Mackey
Co-CEO Walter Robb
Return on Equity (average, past 3 years)11.2%
Cash/Debt$849.2 million / $19.3 million
Dividend Yield0.7%
CompetitorsKroger
Safeway
Trader Joe's

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

On CAPS, 88% of the 4,698 members who have rated Whole Foods believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward.  

Just last month, one of those Fools, GorGecko99, tapped the stock as a particularly special selection:

Let's be honest, people with money will always shop at Whole Foods. People with less money will stop in and buy selected products. People with no money will shop at Whole foods when they can afford it. There is just too many specialty items that consumers, rich and poor alike, can't get anywhere else. The wine and [sushi bars] have become social places to go. This is also one of the few companies that know what customer service is all about.

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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 Whole Foods. Motley Fool newsletter services have recommended buying shares of Whole Foods. 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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