4-Star Stocks Poised to Pop: Archer Daniels Midland


Based on the aggregated intelligence of 180,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, agribusiness giant Archer Daniels Midland (NYS: ADM) has earned a respected four-star ranking.

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

ADM facts

Headquarters (founded)

Decatur, Ill. (1902)

Market Cap

$17.4 billion


Agricultural products

Trailing-12-Month Revenue

$89.0 billion


Chairman/CEO Patricia Woertz
CFO Ray Young

Return on Equity (average, past 3 years)



$1.3 billion / $10.3 billion

Dividend Yield



ConAgra Foods

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

On CAPS, 94% of the 2,068 members who have rated ADM believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward.

Earlier this month, one of those Fools, All-Star JPresbrown, tapped ADM as a particularly timely bargain opportunity:

Great long-term growth stock currently beaten down by drought-related price swings in corn prices. ... PEG ratio of 1.3 and is actually trading below book value. Has a 36 year record of dividend increases and a payout ratio of just 35%. ... Short-term there may be more volatility but its probably a good stock to tuck away for the long haul.

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