Based on the aggregated intelligence of 125,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, ketchup king H.J. Heinz (NYSE:HNZ) 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 Heinz's business and see what CAPS investors are saying about the stock right now.

Heinz facts 

Headquarters (founded)

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (1869)

Market Cap

$11.75 billion

Industry

Packaged Foods

TTM Revenue

$10.49 billion

Return on Capital (average, last three years)

13%

Dividend Yield

4.3%

Competitors

Kraft Foods (NYSE:KFT),

General Mills (NYSE:GIS)

CAPS members bullish on HNZ also bullish on

Procter & Gamble (NYSE:PG),

Coca-Cola (NYSE:KO)

CAPS members bearish on HNZ also bearish on

McDonald's (NYSE:MCD),

Citigroup (NYSE:C)

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

Over on CAPS, fully 467 of the 510 members who have rated Heinz -- some 92% -- believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bulls include vthotncold and freddywalky.

Late last month, vthotncold tapped Heinz as an ideal income-producer: "Added another dividend stock to my dividend strategy. [Heinz] has had good management lately and has taken steps to solidify an already good cash position."

In a pitch from two weeks earlier, freddywalky shares that bullishness, highlighting the stock as one that fits a specific recipe for success:

Value Growth Sustainability Dividends Long-term horizon
[Heinz] was within 20% of its 52 wk low when selected with >3% dividends.
[Heinz] is a strong company with products that are in mostly all refrigerators in the US. It faces a fierce competitive landscape but people remain faithful to their favorite brands in general. Better days are ahead.

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Foolish contributor Brian Pacampara owns no position in any of the companies mentioned. Heinz and Kraft are Motley Fool Income Investor picks. Coca-Cola is a recommendation of Inside Value. The Fool owns shares of Procter & Gamble. The Fool's disclosure policy always gets a perfect score.