4-Star Stocks Poised to Pop: Tractor Supply

Brian D. Pacampara, The Motley Fool

Based on the aggregated intelligence of 180,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, retail farm and ranch store operator Tractor Supply Company (NAS: TSCO) has earned a respected four-star ranking.

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

Tractor Supply facts

Headquarters (founded)

Brentwood, Tenn. (1938)

Market Cap

$7.0 billion

Industry

Specialty stores

Trailing-12-Month Revenue

$4.2 billion

Management

Chairman/CEO James Wright
President/COO Gregory Sandfort

Return on Equity (average, past 3 years)

19.9%

Cash/Debt

$177.0 million / $1.3 million

Dividend Yield

0.5%

Competitors

Home Depot
Sears, Roebuck and Co.
Southern States Cooperative


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

On CAPS, 91% of the 373 members who have rated Tractor Supply believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward.

A couple of months ago, one of those Fools, All-Star gweech, offered a bit of insight into Tractor Supply's competitive edge: "A little pricey right now, but a 1,200% gain over the last 10 years. Living in Oklahoma, I see these in rural towns and they ARE the de facto standard for rural home and ranch needs."

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