Based on the aggregated intelligence of 180,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, orthopedic devices giant Stryker (NYSE: SYK ) has earned a coveted five-star ranking.
With that in mind, let's take a closer look at Stryker's business and see what CAPS investors are saying about the stock right now.
|Headquarters (Founded)||Kalamazoo, Mich. (1941)|
|Market Cap||$19.5 billion|
|Trailing-12-Month Revenue||$8.1 billion|
|Management||Chairman/CEO Stephen MacMillan
CFO Curt Hartman
|Return on Equity (Average, Past 3 Years)||17.7%|
|Cash/Debt||$3.2 billion / $1.8 billion|
Sources: S&P Capital IQ and Motley Fool CAPS.
On CAPS, 98% of the 1,473 members who have rated Stryker believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward.
Slow and steady wins the race; [Stryker] may not burn any barns, but its positioned to take advantage of a huge long-term trend in the medical field. People are replacing their hips, knees and other joints regularly now with better surgical techniques and longer life-spans, our bodies just were not built for the long-term abuse we subject them to and [Stryker] will rake in profits as long as there are humans on this planet. I've been an avid investor in this company for decades.
But before you run out and start gobbling up shares, some of Stryker's peers might actually be better suited to your own individual investing profile.
Johnson & Johnson (NYSE: JNJ ) , for example, boasts a higher dividend yield than Stryker, so it might be better a selection for income-oriented investors. Meanwhile, Medtronic (NYSE: MDT ) has historically posted much higher returns on equity, giving it the edge in terms of "quality." And Baxter International's (NYSE: BAX ) lower P/E makes it a more favorable bargain opportunity. However, when you consider that Stryker is expected to grow its bottom line at a faster rate than each of its peers mentioned above, the stock seems nicely suited for investors looking for a low-risk way to go for growth.
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