5-Star Stocks Poised to Pop: McKesson


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

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

McKesson facts

Headquarters (Founded)

San Francisco (1833)

Market Cap

$19.2 billion


Healthcare distributors

Trailing-12-Month Revenue

$117.3 billion


Chairman/CEO John Hammergren
CFO Jeffrey Campbell

Return on Equity (Average, Past 3 Years)



$3.9 billion / $4.0 billion

Dividend Yield



AmerisourceBergen (NYS: ABC)
Cardinal Health (NYS: CAH)
Owens & Minor (NYS: OMI)

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

On CAPS, 96% of the 606 members who have rated McKesson believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bulls include Nalakensho and ladedodi.

Earlier this month, Nalakensho took the "buy what you know" approach and got bullish on the stock: "We order everything [from] McKesson. Can't run a health care office or hospital without it. They are not going anywhere."

McKesson even sports a cheapish price-to-cash flow of 6.7. That represents a discount to competitors like AmerisourceBergen (8.8), Cardinal Health (8.4), and Owens & Minor (29.2).

CAPS member ladedodi elaborates on the bull case:

The fundamental story is that McKesson is in the business of providing management products to the health care industry. Last year's health care reform law could bring many new patients into the system therefore increasing the demand for their products. That gives you a decent argument for good growth fundamentals. A value investor may also argue that the stock is already cheap.

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