5-Star Stocks Poised to Pop: Walgreen


Based on the aggregated intelligence of 180,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, drugstore giant Walgreen (NYS: WAG) has earned a coveted five-star ranking.

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

Walgreen facts

Headquarters (Founded)

Deerfield, Ill. (1901)

Market Cap

$33.74 billion


Drug retail

Trailing-12-Month Revenue

$71.09 billion


CEO Gregory Wasson (since 2009)

CFO Wade Miquelon (since 2008)

Return on Equity (Average, Past 3 Years)



$2.65 billion / $2.4 billion

Dividend Yield



Wal-Mart (NYS: WMT)

CVS Caremark (NYS: CVS)

Rite Aid (NYS: RAD)

Sources: Capital IQ (a division of Standard & Poor's) and Motley Fool CAPS.

On CAPS, 95% of the 2,074 members who have rated Walgreen believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bulls include All-Star rwpaules, who is ranked in the top 10% of our community, and JPAKolypse86.

Earlier this month, rwpaules tapped Walgreen as a particularly timely pick: "Defensive play for a shaky market."

In fact, Walgreen currently sports a debt-to-capital ratio of just 14%. That's lower than that of competitors Wal-Mart (44%), CVS (23%), and Rite Aid (158%).

CAPS member JPAKolypse86 elaborates on the bull case:

Walgreens hasn't missed a dividend payment since 1933. WAG has also consistently raised its dividend for 36 years in a row. ... Walgreens announced a new 3 and half year share repurchase program which will repurchase about $2billion worth of stock. This is 3rd repurchase program in 3 years.

Currently walgreens is also trading more than 10% off its [52-week high]. Buy and hold for 3 to 5 years.

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