Based on the aggregated intelligence of 180,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, funeral services specialist Stewart Enterprises (NASDAQ:STEI) has earned a respected four-star ranking.

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

Stewart facts

Headquarters (Founded)

Jefferson, La. (1910)

Market Cap

$631.8 million

Industry

Specialized consumer services

Trailing-12-Month Revenue

$516.0 million

Management

CEO Thomas Kitchen (since 2011)
CFO Lewis Derbes Jr. (since 2011)

Return on Equity (Average, Past 3 Years)

7.9%

Cash/Debt

$78.8 million / $320.9 million

Dividend Yield

2.1%

Competitors

Carriage Services (NYSE:CSV)
Service Corp. International
(NYSE:SCI)
StoneMor Partners
(NYSE:STON)

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

On CAPS, 98% of the 133 members who have rated Stewart believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward.

Just last week, one of those Fools, badducky, touched on the strong demographic trends working in Stewart's favor:

As long as this sector can avoid accounting trickery with their pre-need plans, any business with reasonable management should succeed as the baby boomers create a rising wave of business in the next few decades. I'm going to be researching this sector for my next big equity buy, and it might very well be this stock!

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