5-Star Stocks Poised to Pop: EMC

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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, data-storage specialist EMC (NYS: EMC) has earned a coveted five-star ranking.

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

EMC facts

Headquarters (founded)Hopkinton, Mass. (1979)
Market Cap$50.8 billion
IndustryComputer storage and peripherals
Trailing-12-Month Revenue$20.5 billion
ManagementChairman/CEO Joseph Tucci
CFO David Goulden
Return on Equity (average, past 3 years)11.5%
Cash/Debt$6.3 billion / $1.7 billion
CompetitorsHewlett-Packard
Hitachi Data Systems
IBM

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

On CAPS, 97% of the 3,772 members who have rated EMC believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward.

A couple of months ago, one of those bulls, jazuli14, listed a few of EMC's positives:

1. Record-breaking earnings and continued growth for several (I think 9?) quarters. That's a proven track record.
2. [80% ownership stake] in VMware. People forget this, but they own a majority stake in [VMware].
3. The future of IT is all about Cloud and Big Data -- and EMC is right there. Great growth potential.
4. [They] are smart at acquisitions of disruptive technologies -- [VMware], Data Domain and Greenplum in the recent past all come to mind.

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The article 5-Star Stocks Poised to Pop: EMC originally appeared on Fool.com.

Fool contributor Brian Pacampara owns no position in any of the companies mentioned. The Fool owns shares of EMC and IBM. Motley Fool newsletter services have recommended buying shares of EMC and VMWare, as well as creating a synthetic long position in IBM. 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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