Based on the aggregated intelligence of 120,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, New York utility provider Consolidated Edison (NYSE:ED) has earned a coveted five-star ranking. Our data has shown that five-star stocks outperform the market by a significant margin; conversely, one-star stocks have woefully lagged the market average.

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

Con Ed facts

Headquarters (Founded)

New York, N.Y. (1884)

Market Cap

$10.44 Billion

Industry

Diversified Utilities

Trailing-12-Month Revenue

$13.81 Billion

Management

CEO Kevin Burke (Since 2005)
CFO Robert Hoglund (Since 2005)

Return on Equity (Average, Past Three Years)

10%

Dividend Yield

6%

Competitors

American Electric Power (NYSE:AEP)
Duke Energy (NYSE:DUK)

CAPS Members Bullish on ED Also Bullish on:

General Electric (NYSE:GE)
Altria (NYSE:MO)

CAPS Members Bearish on ED Also Bearish on:

Citigroup (NYSE:C)
General Motors (NYSE:GM)

Sources: Capital IQ (a division of Standard & Poor's) and Motley Fool CAPS.

On CAPS, 402 of the 420 members who have rated Con Ed -- some 96% -- believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bulls include risenodoz and investingyoung.

Late last month, risenodoz tapped Con Ed as an appealing political play:

Safe play, with dividend. Tri-State area is in no rush to de-regulate utilities. With liberals (most-likely) in control of the country for the next 4-8 years, they should be a safe bet to continue to hold on to their monopoly.

Agreeing with that take, a pitch from investingyoung one week earlier highlights the stock's often overlooked growth characteristics: 

"I got a letter in the mail offering those in my state the option of purchasing green renewable wind power from Con Ed Solutions. Now, I knew it was a high dividend yield stock to begin with but with this subsidiary company's innovation, I believe it is a company that has growth to come."

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Fool contributor Brian Pacampara owns no position in any of the companies mentioned. Duke Energy is a Motley Fool Income Investor pick. The Fool's disclosure policy always gets a perfect score.