4-Star Momentum Stocks Set to Keep Soaring: Wal-Mart

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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, retail behemoth Wal-Mart Stores (NYS: WMT) has earned a respected four-star ranking.

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

Wal-Mart facts

Headquarters (Founded)

Bentonville, Ark. (1945)

Market Cap

$254.2 billion

Industry

Hypermarkets and supercenters

Trailing-12-Month Revenue

$460.7 billion

Management

CEO Michael Duke (since 2009)
CFO Charles Holley (since 2010)

Return on Equity (average, past 3 years)

22.9%

Cash/Debt

$8.0 billion / $55.4 billion

Dividend Yield

2.1%

Competitors

Carrefour SA
Costco Wholesale
(NAS: COST)
Target
(NYS: TGT)


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

On CAPS, 89% of the 7,044 members who have rated Wal-Mart believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward.

This past summer, one of those bulls, All-Star Cmartin400, tapped the stock as a particularly solid selection:

[Wal-Mart] is a staple of America and may be one of the safest stocks known to mankind. This stock has been around $50-60 for the last ten years and have paid dividends in the mean time. It may only be [a 2% yield], but it has never crashed since then. Now it is around $70! This company has had its scandals and the stock price has never faded. You may hate [Wal-Mart] for ruining communities, but you can't hate this stock. I'd rather put my money in WMT than a savings account.

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The article 4-Star Momentum Stocks Set to Keep Soaring: Wal-Mart originally appeared on Fool.com.

Fool contributor Brian Pacampara has no positions in the stocks mentioned above. The Motley Fool owns shares of Costco Wholesale. Motley Fool newsletter services recommend Costco Wholesale and Wal-Mart Stores. Try any of our Foolish newsletter services free for 30 days. We Fools don't all hold the same opinions, but we all believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. The Motley Fool has a disclosure policy.

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