4-Star Stocks Poised to Pop: Alkermes


Based on the aggregated intelligence of 180,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, integrated biopharmaceutical company Alkermes (NAS: ALKS) has earned a respected four-star ranking.

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

Alkermes facts

Headquarters (founded)

Dublin (1987)

Market Cap

$2.3 billion



Trailing-12-Month Revenue

$390.0 million


Chairman/CEO Richard Pops
CFO James Frates

Return on Equity (average, past 3 years)



$190.5 million / $445.0 million


Abbott Labs
Eli Lilly

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

On CAPS, 96% of the 248 members who have rated Alkermes believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward.

A couple of months ago, one of those Fools, neinstein, nicely summed up the bull case for our community:

These guys use technology to improve existing drugs, and make them less burdensome for patients to take. Plus, they're inventing a lot of new ones themselves. I think 2012 could be the breakout year for Alkermes, as the company now has five drugs on the market and, next year, they expect to see double-digit revenue growth. ... Plus, Alkermes has a hefty pipeline ... that's what matters ... where the company keeps on developing better drugs in areas they know well. This company is the opposite of the big, old-line pharma companies that seem to have hit the wall, or fallen off the cliff ... the patent cliff, that is.

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