Based on the aggregated intelligence of 180,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, consumer staples giant Unilever has earned a coveted five-star ranking.

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

Unilever facts

 

 

Headquarters (founded)

London, U.K. (1885)

Market Cap

$118.9 billion

Industry

Packaged foods and meats

Trailing-12-Month Revenue

$66.5 billion

Management

CEO Paul Polman (since 2008)

CFO Jean-Marc Huet (since 2010)

Return on Equity (average, past 3 years)

32.1%

Cash/Debt

$3.7 billion/$13.2 billion

Dividend Yield

3.1%

Competitors

Procter & Gamble 

General Mills 


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

On CAPS, 97% of the 872 members who have rated Unilever believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward.

Just yesterday, one of those Fools, mocha283, succinctly summed up the Unilever bull case for our community:

Best. Euro stock. EVER. Love this company so much: excellent gains in the past couple years I've owned it (despite tons of negative financials in Europe) AND has a steady and strong dividend to boot. Besides the fact that you see their staple products all around the world, from deodorant to peanut butter, this is definitely a "forever" stock you should keep in your portfolio.

If you want market-thumping returns, you need to put together the best portfolio you can. Of course, despite a strong five-star rating, Unilever may not be your top choice.

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

Fool contributor Brian Pacampara has no position in any stocks mentioned. The Motley Fool recommends Procter & Gamble and Unilever. 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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