Based on the aggregated intelligence of 180,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, meat producer Tyson Foods (NYSE:TSN) has earned a respected four-star ranking.

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

Tyson facts

 

 

Headquarters (founded)

Springdale, Ark. (1935)

Market Cap

$7.3 billion

Industry

Packaged foods and meats

Trailing-12-Month Revenue

$33.3 billion

Management

CEO Donnie Smith (since 2009)

CFO Dennis Leatherby (since 2008)

Return on Equity (average, past 3 years)

13%

Cash / Debt

$1.1 billion / $2.4 billion

Dividend Yield

1%

Competitors

Cargill

Pilgrim's (Nasdaq: PPC)

Smithfield Foods (UNKNOWN:SFD.DL)

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

On CAPS, 80% of the 348 members who have rated Tyson believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward.

Earlier today, one of those Fools, NL2, touched on the tailwinds working in Tyson's favor:

Chicken producer's greatest cost is grain for feed and these costs will be up for 2013. However, chicken prices may likely be disproportionately higher. As a result of the 2012 drought, protein producers of beef, pork and chickens have reduced production. This should result in lower protein availability and higher prices.

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