4-Star Stocks Poised to Pop: Activision Blizzard


Based on the aggregated intelligence of 180,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, video game giant Activision Blizzard (NAS: ATVI) has earned a respected four-star ranking.

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

Activision facts

Headquarters (Founded)

Santa Monica, Calif.

Market Cap

$13.6 billion


Home entertainment software


$4.77 billion


President/CEO Robert Kotick

COO/CFO Thomas Tippl




$2.94 billion / $0

Dividend Yield



Electronic Arts (NAS: ERTS)
Sony (NYS: SNE)
Take-Two Interactive (NAS: TTWO)

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

On CAPS, 97% of the 7,006 members who have rated Activision believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bulls include All-Star Dukenewkirk, who is ranked in the top 10% of our community, and Raylanw.

Just last month, Dukenewkirk tapped Activision as a clear bargain opportunity:

Absolutely, undeniably and several more powerful adjectives apply here when I make the bold assertion that this company is best in breed. ... It is absolutely beyond me the stock still languishes between $11 and $12. Silly, just silly. The cash flow is phenomenal right now.

In fact, Activision boasts a whopping trailing-12-month free cash flow margin of 24%. That's much higher than that of rivals Electronics Arts (7.3%), Sony (4.7%), and Take-Two (5.4%).

CAPS member Raylanw elaborates on the Activision bull case:

With growing revenue, apparent stock buyback and cash stocked up ... this company looks like a great value buy. As a consumer of this company, their upcoming releases and current franchises will keep their position at the top of the gaming industry for at least two years if not more. With Diablo 3 coming up with an auction system, they may be moving toward a groundbreaking concept which may catapult them past ERTS recent social gaming plays. Lastly, their revenue and earnings have been impressive whereas their stock has more or less stayed flat which further leads me to believe this is a great value pick.

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At the time thisarticle was published Fool contributor Brian Pacampara owns no position in any of the companies mentioned. The Motley Fool owns shares of Activision and Take-Two. The Fool owns shares of and has written calls on Activision. Motley Fool newsletter services have recommended buying shares of Activision and Take-Two. Motley Fool newsletter services have recommended creating a synthetic long position in Activision. 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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