4-Star Stocks Poised to Pop: GlaxoSmithKline

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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 giant GlaxoSmithKline (NYS: GSK) has earned a respected four-star ranking.

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

Glaxo facts

Headquarters (founded)Brentford, U.K. (1935)
Market Cap$114.0 billion
IndustryPharmaceuticals
Trailing-12-Month Revenue$44.3 billion
ManagementCEO Andrew Witty (since 2008)
CFO Simon Dingemans (since 2011)
Return on Equity (average, past 3 years)44.2%
Cash/Debt$9.4 billion / $23.7 billion
Dividend Yield5.6%
CompetitorsNovartis
Pfizer
Sanofi

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

On CAPS, 95% of the 1,415 members who have rated Glaxo believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward.

Just last month, one of those bulls, BlacknGold, touched on several trends working in Glaxo's favor:

Unlike their competitors the company has already faced its "patent cliff". ... Also, [Glaxo] is expecting 30 drugs to reach late-stage development within the next three years.

Another reason to be bullish about [Glaxo] is the fact that, among Big Pharma, the company is the leader in antibiotic R&D. I know, I know-antibiotics don't generate the revenue that home-run cancer drugs do. But consider the enormous population affected by infectious disease (much larger than any cancer group). ...

You can laugh today, but antibiotics will be a sizable part of Big Pharma revenue in the next 10 years. No one is better equipped to answer the call than [Glaxo].

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