Friday, November 30, 2012

5-Star Stocks Poised to Pop: Jones Lang LaSalle

Based on the aggregated intelligence of 180,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, real estate services provider Jones Lang LaSalle (NYSE: JLL  ) has earned a coveted five-star ranking.

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

Jones Lang LaSalle facts

Headquarters (founded) Chicago (1997)
Market Cap $3.7 billion
Industry Real estate services
Trailing-12-Month Revenue $3.6 billion
Management CEO Colin Dyer (since 2005)
CFO Lauralee Martin (since 2002)
Return on Equity (average, past 3 years) 6.7%
Cash/Debt $184.5 million / $528.1 million
Dividend Yield 0.4%
Competitors CBRE Group
Cushman & Wakefield
Grubb & Ellis

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

On CAPS, 96% of the 738 members who have rated Jones Lang LaSalle believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward.

Just last month, one of those Fools, Zermatt9, touched on the tailwinds working in the stock's favor:

I believe [Jones Lang LaSalle] will outperform the market over the next 2 years given the high transaction volumes projected in institutional real estate. In addition, there is significant commercial RE debt coming due which forces either refi's, recapitalizations or sales. Also, there is a general trend of Fortune 1000 firms hiring third party firms such as [Jones Lang LaSalle] to manage their facilities. ... This is an extremely well run firm that benefits from wide variety of revenue sources: investment sale, agency leasing, tenant representation, project management and consulting.�

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