4-Star Stocks Poised to Pop: IBM

Based on the aggregated intelligence of 180,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, global IT solutions giant International Business Machines (NYS: IBM) has earned a respected four-star ranking.

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

IBM facts

Headquarters (founded)

Armonk, N.Y. (1910)

Market Cap

$229.2 billion


IT consulting and other services

Trailing-12-Month Revenue

$106.9 billion


CEO Virginia Rometty (since January 2012)
CFO Mark Loughridge (since July 2010)

Return on Capital (average, past 3 years)



$12.0 billion / $31.3 billion

Dividend Yield




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

On CAPS, 91% of the 4,477 members who have rated IBM believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward.

Just last month, one of those Fools, toaoyoda, succinctly summed up the bull case for our community:

This stock has surmounted the Big Company Complacency period ... and embarked on exploitation of its natural advantages ... They are big in the latest trends (e.g. cloud, linux, etc ) and are again the "go-to" choice for corporate deciders who want to play things safe and not be blindsided by better suppliers of services (and hardware).

It is so close to [$200 per share] that passing this milestone seems inevitable.

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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 Microsoft. Motley Fool newsletter services have recommended buying shares of Microsoft and Accenture. Motley Fool newsletter services have recommended creating a bull call spread position in Microsoft. 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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