Based on the aggregated intelligence of 115,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, packaged-food giant Kraft Foods (NYSE:KFT) has earned a respected four-star ranking. While five-star stocks have been the best performers, our data has shown that four-star stocks still outshine the market by a significant margin and shouldn't be taken lightly; conversely, low-rated stocks have woefully lagged the market average.

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

Kraft facts


Headquarters (Founded)

Northfield, Illinois (2000 under its present incarnation)

Market Cap

$48.98 billion


Packaged Foods and Meats

TTM Revenue

$41 billion


CEO Dr. Irene Rosenfeld

CFO Timothy McLevish

Return on Equity (average last three years)


Major Competitors

Unilever (NYSE:UN)

General Mills (NYSE:GIS)

CAPS members bullish on KFT also bullish on

Altria Group (NYSE:MO)

General Electric (NYSE:GE)

CAPS members bearish on KFT also bearish on

Research In Motion (NASDAQ:RIMM)

General Motors (NYSE:GM)

Sources: Capital IQ, a division of Standard & Poor's, and Motley Fool CAPS. TTM = trailing 12 months.

Over on CAPS, fully 336 of 368 All-Star members who have rated Kraft -- some 91% -- believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward. These All-Star bulls include my fellow Fool Andy Cross (a.k.a. TMFOpie) and Gtrinvestor, both of whom are ranked in the top 3% of our community.

In late March, TMFOpie noted that Kraft is "going through a reorg that will unlock a lot of brand value, and I expect management to continue using its prodigious cash flow to buy back stock, pay down debt (carefully) and pay its dividend. Long-term, cheap play."

An earlier pitch from Gtrinvestor in February follows that bullish logic, highlighting a few of the stock's cheap-ish metrics (which remain relatively unchanged):

Defensive stock that is the same price as it was 2 years ago (and 5 years ago for that matter). Clearly management needs to make some improvements here, but the stock only has a forward P/E of 14, which is not tremendously high for a defensive food company like Kraft. They also pay a nice 3.7% dividend, which ain't too shabby.

And to top it all off, Buffett just bought a huge chunk of this company, so you're hitching your train to a pretty decent investor, as well.

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Foolish contributor Brian Pacampara owns no position in any of the companies mentioned. The Fool's disclosure policy always gets a perfect score.