5-Star Stocks Poised to Pop: Philip Morris

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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, global tobacco giant Philip Morris International (NYS: PM) has earned a coveted five-star ranking.

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

Philip Morris facts

Headquarters (founded)New York (1987)
Market Cap$151.6 billion
IndustryTobacco
Trailing-12-Month Revenue$32.4 billion
ManagementChairman/CEO Louis Camilleri (since 2008)
CFO Hermann Waldemer (since 2008)
Return on Capital (average, past 3 years)36.3%
Cash/Debt$3.8 billion / $20.8 billion
Dividend Yield3.5%
CompetitorsBritish American Tobacco
Imperial Tobacco Group
Japan Tobacco

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

On CAPS, 98% of the 2,912 members who have rated Philip Morris believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward.

Just last week, one of those Fools, All-Star joryko, tapped Philip Morris as a particularly solid income opportunity: "Lowest payout ratio of the cigarette companies at 59% and still holds strong international growth potential. Recession proof product and a great dividend in growing markets, lifelong hold here."

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

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