5-Star Stocks Poised to Pop: PotashCorp

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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, fertilizer giant PotashCorp (NYS: POT) has earned a coveted five-star ranking.

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

PotashCorp facts

Headquarters (founded)Saskatoon, Canada (1953)
Market Cap$36.5 billion
IndustryFertilizers and agricultural chemicals
Trailing-12-Month Revenue$7.8 billion
ManagementCEO William Doyle (since 1998)
CFO Wayne Brownlee (since 1999)
Return on Equity (average, past 3 years)35.3
Cash/Debt$417.0 million / $4.7 billion
Dividend Yield1.3%
CompetitorsBASF
Mosaic
Yara International

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

On CAPS, 97% of the 4,919 members who have rated PotashCorp believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward.

A couple of months ago, one of those Fools, MoneyAndWealth, listed several factors working in PotashCorp's favor:

- Demand for food and fertilizer will increase with population growth
- [PotashCorp] controls 20% of world capacity
- [Potash] reserves are heavily concentrated to a few select countries
- High barriers to entry (large investment $ and 7+ years to build a potash mine)

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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 PotashCorp. 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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