4-Star Stocks Poised to Pop: Walgreen
Based on the aggregated intelligence of 180,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, drugstore giant Walgreen (NYS: WAG) has earned a respected four-star ranking.
With that in mind, let's take a closer look at Walgreen's business and see what CAPS investors are saying about the stock right now.
|Headquarters (founded)||Deerfield, Ill. (1901)|
|Market Cap||$25.8 billion|
|Trailing-12-Month Revenue||$73.2 billion|
|Management||CEO Gregory Wasson (since 2009)|
CFO Wade Miquelon (since 2008)
|Return on Equity (average, past 3 years)||15.9%|
|Cash/Debt||$1.1 billion / $2.4 billion|
Sources: S&P Capital IQ and Motley Fool CAPS.
On CAPS, 94% of the 2,209 members who have rated Walgreen believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward.
3% dividend yield, great balance sheet, consistent operating margins over the past 5 years (2011 actually better than previous two years), consistently growing sales until recently, and stock is down 15% from recent highs. I hope the PBM issue will resolve in a non-disastrous way, but with a decent and sustainable yield ... I'm not relying on that hope.
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