Based on the aggregated intelligence of 180,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, alcoholic beverage producer Brown-Forman (NYSE: BF-A ) has earned a coveted five-star ranking.
With that in mind, let's take a closer look at Brown-Forman's business and see what CAPS investors are saying about the stock right now.
|Headquarters (founded)||Louisville, Ky. (1870)|
|Market Cap||$13.8 billion|
|Industry||Distillers and vintners|
|Trailing-12-Month Revenue||$2.8 billion|
|Management||CEO Paul Varga (since 2005)
CFO Donald Berg (since 2008)
|Return on Equity (average, past 3 years)||26.4%|
|Cash/Debt||$362.0 million / $511.3 million|
Sources: S&P Capital IQ and Motley Fool CAPS.
On CAPS, 98% of the 49 members who have rated Brown-Forman believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward.
It is a Louisville based company. And it has done really well. They will hold up well during any recession. … I still speculate, but I balance that with strong dividend paying companies. ...
There is a lot of fear in the markets now and that may carry over until the holidays when [enthusiasm] may boost the markets for a while. They have some great brands. I also like Diageo and Beam. I am going more defensive for a while.
The Dow is moving in a ridiculously narrow range. Strong stocks remain strong, so no volatility to exploit. I always felt that wasn't a good thing, so I will take a defensive stance.
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