Why CVS Caremark Is Poised to Outperform

Based on the aggregated intelligence of 180,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, drugstore and pharmacy benefits giant CVS Caremark earned a coveted five-star ranking.

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

CVS facts

 

 

Headquarters (founded)

Woonsocket, R.I. (1892)

Market Cap

$64.3 billion

Industry

Drug retail

Trailing-12-Month Revenue

$120.1 billion

Management

CEO Larry Merlo (since 2011)

CFO David Denton (since 2010)

Return on Equity (average, past 3 years)

9.7%

Cash/Debt

$1.2 billion / $10.0 billion

Dividend Yield

1.8%

Competitors

Express Scripts

Walgreen

Wal-Mart Stores


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

On CAPS, 96% of the 1,749 members who have rated CVS believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward.

Just last week, one of those Fools, brenoboyle, succinctly summed up the CVS bull case for our community: "Attractive valuation, buybacks, increased prescription drug coverage, patent cliff increases generics for which CVS has better margins and aging population."

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The article Why CVS Caremark Is Poised to Outperform originally appeared on Fool.com.

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