4-Star Stocks Poised to Pop: WellPoint


Based on the aggregated intelligence of 180,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, health insurer WellPoint (NYS: WLP) has earned a respected four-star ranking.

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

WellPoint facts

Headquarters (Founded)

Indianapolis (1944)

Market Cap

$23.5 billion


Managed health care

Trailing-12-Month Revenue

$60.1 billion


CEO Angela Braly (since 2007)
CFO Wayne DeVeydt (since 2007)

Return on Equity (Average, Past 3 Years)



$20.2 billion / $10.8 billion

Dividend Yield


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

On CAPS, 94% of the 925 members who have rated WellPoint believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward.

Just last week, one of those bulls, nonzerosum, nicely summed up the WellPoint bull case:

Excellent Valuation, confirmed by strong buybacks. Plus diversification because Healthcare insurance is negatively correlated with economic cycle. During recessions people don't go to the doctor and that improves margins at insurers. Still some obamacare hangover in the health insurance sector.

But before you run out and start gobbling up shares, some of WellPoint's competitors might actually be better suited to your own individual investing profile.

Aetna (NYS: AET) shares, for example, have performed much better than WellPoint's over the past few months, so it might be a better choice for Fools craving some price momentum. Meanwhile, UnitedHealth's (NYS: UNH) big dividend hikes of late may make it more suitable to income-oriented investors. And growth seekers will probably be more attracted to Medco Health Solutions' (NYS: MHS) higher expected five-year earnings growth rate. However, when you consider that WellPoint sports a lower price-to-earnings multiple than each of its peers mentioned above, the stock seems nicely suited for value hounds looking to get into the space.

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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 UnitedHealth Group. Motley Fool newsletter services have recommended buying shares of WellPoint, UnitedHealth Group, and Medco Health Solutions; and creating a diagonal call position in UnitedHealth Group. 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 Motley Fool has a disclosure policy.

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