5-Star Stocks Poised to Pop: CVS Caremark

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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, drugstore and pharmacy benefits giant CVS Caremark (NYS: CVS) has earned a coveted five-star ranking.

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

CVS Caremark facts

Headquarters (founded)Woonsocket, R.I. (1892)
Market Cap$56.9 billion
IndustryDrug retail
Trailing-12-Month Revenue$116.5 billion
ManagementCEO Larry Merlo (since 2011)
CFO David Denton (since 2010)
Return on Equity (average, past 3 years)9.7%
Cash/Debt$1.8 billion / $9.4 billion
Dividend Yield1.4%
CompetitorsRite-Aid
Walgreen
Wal-Mart Stores

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

On CAPS, 96% of the 1,732 members who have rated CVS Caremark believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward.

Just yesterday, one of those Fools, EVplusEV, succinctly summed up the CVS Caremark bull case for our community:

When Walgreen got into a dispute with [Express Scripts], CVS picked up prescription share. That has been resolved but look for CVS to keep near 50% of those customers. The stock is cheap relative to earnings, good balance sheet, and they provided positive guidance. Looking for [$50 per share] out of this one.  

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

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