Based on the aggregated intelligence of 180,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, Spanish telecom giant Telefonica (NYS: TEF) has earned a coveted five-star ranking.
With that in mind, let's take a closer look at Telefonica and see what CAPS investors are saying about the stock right now.
Integrated telecom services
Chairman/CEO Cesar Izuel
Return on Equity (average, past 3 years)
$8.9 billion / $89.2 billion
Sources: S&P Capital IQ and Motley Fool CAPS.
On CAPS, 97% of the 1,087 of the members who have rated Telefonica believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward.
The stock is getting battered for a few reasons:
(1) Significant debt load,
(2) Eurozone exposure, and
(3) Brazilian downturn
All of these are a bit frightening, but overall, I find the stock interesting enough to consider. Even if the Brazilian downturn harms Telefonica in Latin America for a few years, I still think that there's a ton of growth left in that region. The Eurozone crisis certainly harms Telefonica, but this is also a telecom company and not a bank. People are reluctant to eliminate their phone service even in the dismal economic environment of the eurozone.
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