Based on the aggregated intelligence of 180,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, global tobacco giant Philip Morris International (NYS: PM) has earned a coveted five-star ranking.
With that in mind, let's take a closer look at Philip Morris' business and see what CAPS investors are saying about the stock right now.
Philip Morris facts
New York (1987)
Chairman/CEO Louis Camilleri (since 2008)
Return on Capital (average, past 3 years)
$2.6 billion / $18.5 billion
British American Tobacco
Sources: S&P Capital IQ and Motley Fool CAPS.
On CAPS, 98% of the 2,858 members who have rated Philip Morris believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward.
I have no illusions that I will ever see the returns of 2011 ever again. ... Instead, I anticipate that the growth prospects, which are truly fantastic, will sustain the price and deliver a trend that bests the [S&P 500] for the next 5 and 10 years. Consider that a company like Apple has to invent new products to be king of the hill. In contrast, [Philip Morris] has to execute its proven business plan. Long live the dividend portfolio.
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