4-Star Stocks Poised to Pop: Staples

Based on the aggregated intelligence of 180,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, office products retailer Staples (NAS: SPLS) has earned a respected four-star ranking.

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

Staples facts

Headquarters (founded)Framingham, Mass. (1986)
Market Cap$11.4 billion
IndustrySpecialty stores
Trailing-12-Month Revenue$25.0 billion
ManagementChairman/CEO Ronald Sargent
President/COO Michael Miles
Return on Equity (average, past 3 years)13%
Cash/Debt$1.3 billion / $2.0 billion
Dividend Yield2.7%
CompetitorsLyreco Group
Office Depot

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

On CAPS, 92% of the 994 members who have rated Staples believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward.  

Just last week, one of those bulls, Clint35, highlighted Staples as a solid income opportunity:

I've liked this company for quite a while. It's pretty cheap with a decent balance sheet. ... [T]hey're raising the dividend. At this price the yield will be 2.80% when they eventually raise it again that will probably put the yield at 3% or more. I'm willing to hold it and just collect dividends.

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