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 (Nasdaq: 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

HeadquartersSanta Monica, Calif.
Market Cap$14.0 billion
IndustryHome entertainment software
Trailing-12-Month Revenue$4.8 billion
ManagementPresident/CEO Robert Kotick
COO/CFO Thomas Tippl
Return on Equity (Average, Past 3 Years)4.4%
Cash/Debt$2.9 billion / $0
Dividend Yield1.4%
CompetitorsElectronic Arts
Take-Two Interactive

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

On CAPS, 97% of the 7,021 members who have rated Activision believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward.  

Just last week, one of those Fools, TMFDeej, tapped the stock as a particularly timely pick:

Game Developers are typically the complete anti-Deej stock. They are usually expensive, rarely pay dividends, and are at the mercy of the taste of notoriously fickle consumers.

So why am I giving the thumbs up to Activision? I'll tell you why. The company has completely knocked the cover off the ball with its new Skylanders series of games / toys. I fully admit that I have not done enough research on this matter to know how much one hit franchise will move the needle for this large company, nor would I likely invest real money in this idea. However, I got my two sons Skylanders for Christmas and its all that anyone in their classes is talking about. The figures have been completely soldout of every single store and on-line since before Christmas. It looks like [Activision] has the makings of a huge hit on its hands.

I'm not investing in Activision for the long haul here in CAPS, just until Mr. Market realizes what a big hit the company has on its hands with its new series.

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At the time this article was published Fool contributorBrian Pacamparaowns no position in any of the companies mentioned. The Motley Fool owns shares of Activision Blizzard and Take-Two Interactive Software and has written calls on Activision Blizzard.Motley Fool newsletter serviceshave recommended buying shares of Activision Blizzard and Take-Two Interactive Software and creating a synthetic long position in Activision Blizzard. Try any of our Foolish newsletter servicesfree for 30 days. We Fools don't all hold the same opinions, but we all believe thatconsidering a diverse range of insightsmakes us better investors. The Motley Fool has adisclosure policy.

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