4-Star Stocks Poised to Pop: France Telecom

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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, French telecommunications giant France Telecom (NYS: FTE) has earned a respected four-star ranking.

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

France Telecom facts

Headquarters (founded)Paris (1990)
Market Cap$33.3 billion
IndustryIntegrated telecom services
Trailing-12-Month Revenue$56.8 billion
ManagementChairman/CEO Stephane Richard
CFO Gervais Pellissier
Return on Equity (average, past 3 years)11.9%
Cash/Debt$11.4 billion / $52.3 billion
Dividend Yield13.1%
CompetitorsBouygues
Societe Francaise du Radiotelephone
Vodafone Group

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

On CAPS, 96% of the 810 members who have rated France Telecom believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward.

A few months ago, one of those bulls, LadyFortune, tapped the stock as an attractive bargain opportunity:

[France Telecom's] hit some hard economic times on both the macro (euro-crisis) and micro (Iliad competition) levels. There's reason to believe that both these worries have been blown out of proportion, though, as Europe's economy begins to recover and Iliad fails to live up to clients' and analysts' expectations. With its expansion into new markets like Sub-Saharan Africa, [France Telecom] will only benefit from diversification in the years to come.

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