5-Star Stocks Poised to Pop: Retail Opportunity Investments

Based on the aggregated intelligence of 180,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, shopping center REIT Retail Opportunity Investments Corp. (NAS: ROIC) , or ROIC, has earned a coveted five-star ranking.

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

ROIC facts

Headquarters (Founded)

Purchase, N.Y. (2007)

Market Cap

$467.9 million


Diversified REITs

Trailing-12-Month Revenue

$34.6 million


President/CEO Stuart Tanz

CFO John Roche

Trailing-12-Month Return on Equity



$15.3 million / $69.1 million

Dividend Yield



Kimco Realty (NYS: KIM)

Macerich (NYS: MAC)

Vornado Realty Trust (NYS: VNO)

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

On CAPS, 97% of the 306 members who have rated ROIC believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bulls include All-Star kkconway, who is ranked in the top 5% of our community, and elihpaudio.

A few months ago, kkconway tapped ROIC as a particularly timely opportunity: "Management has great track record. Branching out from the West at a good time to find buys in growth regions while prices are still low."

Currently, ROIC even sports a cheapish price-to-book ratio of just 1.2. That represents a discount to competitors like Kimco (1.4), Macerich (2.3), and Vornado (2.5).

CAPS member elihpaudio elaborates on the bargain opportunity:

I see this as buying into a REIT at the absolute, or near, the valley, trough, bottom, whatever you want to call it. Now is the time to be making a long-term investment into commercial real estate. Everything I have read paints the CEO of ROIC as the guy to drive this long and hard. Sounds like it's time to get in on the ground floor. It may take another year or so to see the results, but they are very, very likely to be good.

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