Based on the aggregated intelligence of 180,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, specialty coffee retailer Starbucks (NASDAQ:SBUX) has earned a respected four-star ranking.

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

Starbucks facts

 

 

Headquarters (founded)

Seattle, Wash. (1985)

Market Cap

$40.6 billion

Industry

Restaurants

Trailing-12-Month Revenue

$13.7 billion

Management

Founder/Chairman/CEO Howard Schultz

CFO Troy Alstead

Return on Capital (average, past 3 years)

20.9%

Cash/Debt

$2.0 billion / $549.6 million

Dividend Yield

1.5%

Competitors

Dunkin' Brands (NASDAQ:DNKN)

McDonald's (NYSE:MCD)

Tim Hortons (NYSE:THI)

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

On CAPS, 80% of the 8,205 members who have rated Starbucks believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward.

Just yesterday, one of those Fools, All-Star ValueOfTime, touched on the company's addictive consumer appeal:

1. Walk into a Starbucks
2. Navigate through the sea of people to the waiting line
3. Order overpriced coffee
4. Drink coffee
5. Repeat

People follow these steps daily. It seems crazy but Starbucks has the image, the taste and the environment for explosive growth. I can't bet against a company that thrives the way [Starbucks] does.

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