4-Star Stocks Poised to Pop: VMware


Based on the aggregated intelligence of 180,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, server virtualization specialist VMware (NYS: VMW) has earned a respected four-star ranking.

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

VMware facts

Headquarters (founded)

Palo Alto, Calif. (1998)

Market Cap

$40.3 billion


Systems software

Trailing-12-Month Revenue

$4.2 billion


Incoming CEO Pat Gelsinger
COO/Interim CFO Carl Eschenbach

Return on Equity (average, past 3 years)



$5.4 billion / $450.0 million


Citrix Systems

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

On CAPS, 92% of the 2,309 members who have rated VMware believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward.

Just last month, one of those Fools, All-Star TSIF, succinctly summed up the VMware bull case for our community:

VMware margins appear solid. Their moat broad. ... EMC continues to buy shares of VMware, indicating either they feel it's undervalued or that they have plans. ... 20% [operating margins], minimal debt, $5 billion in the bank, new products, "cloud" maker, substantial cash flow. ... P/E could be scary, (the old me), forward P/E of 26 is not excessive.

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