Based on the aggregated intelligence of 180,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, retail behemoth Wal-Mart Stores (NYS: WMT) has earned a respected four-star ranking.

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

Wal-Mart facts

 

 

Headquarters (founded)

Bentonville, Ark. (1945)

Market Cap

$231.0 billion

Industry

Hypermarkets and super centers

Trailing-12-Month Revenue

$464.4 billion

Management

CEO Michael Duke (since 2009)

CFO Charles Holley (since 2010)

Return on Equity (average, past 3 years)

23%

Cash/Debt

$8.6 billion / $57.5 billion

Dividend Yield

2.2%

Competitors

Amazon.com (NAS: AMZN)

Costco Wholesale (NAS: COST)

Target (NYS: TGT)


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

On CAPS, 89% of the 7,031 members who have rated Wal-Mart believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward.

Just yesterday, one of those Fools, Becker2011, tapped Wal-Mart as a particularly timely bargain opportunity:

Taking a beating for a weaker than expected [fourth-quarter outlook]. A good time to get in to a company that people will about always shop at because let's face it -- they do a good job a keeping prices/or at least appearing to keep prices lower than competitors

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The article Wal-Mart: 4-Star Plungers Worth Pouncing On originally appeared on Fool.com.

Fool contributor Brian Pacampara has no positions in the stocks mentioned above. The Motley Fool owns shares of Amazon.com and Costco Wholesale. Motley Fool newsletter services recommend Amazon.com and Costco Wholesale. Try any of our Foolish newsletter services free for 30 days. We Fools may not all hold the same opinions, but we all believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. The Motley Fool has a disclosure policy.

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