Based on the aggregated intelligence of 125,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, food distributor Sysco (NYSE:SYY) 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 woefully lag the market average.

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

Sysco facts

Headquarters (founded)

Houston (1969)

Market Cap

$13.84 billion


Food Distribution

TTM Revenue

$37.99 billion


CEO Richard Schnieders (will step down March 31)

CFO Bill DeLaney (will replace Schnieders as CEO)

Return on Equity (average, last three years)


Dividend Yield



Kroger (NYSE:KR),


CAPS members bullish on SYY also bullish on:

Johnson & Johnson (NYSE:JNJ),

General Electric (NYSE:GE)

CAPS members bearish on SYY also bearish on:

Starbucks (NASDAQ:SBUX),

Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT)

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

Over on CAPS, 95% of the 651 members who have rated Sysco believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bulls include valari25 and nathanmcdo.

Three weeks ago, valari25 tapped Sysco as an ideal choice for income seekers: "4.2% yield, well covered, in a stable business with 38 years of dividend increases."

In an earlier pitch from last month, nathanmcdo follows that logic and elaborates on the stock's dynamic dividend-paying power:

Fantastic distribution food company, once you do the research you see just how much of a service this company provides to Canada and the U.S. Fantastic in how efficient they are in achieving their goals. Is a solid dividend Aristocrat with little to no fear of cutting their dividend, can be bought at a current discount of its intrinsic value, a great buy for any long term dividend investor.

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Fool contributor Brian Pacampara owns no position in any of the companies mentioned. Sysco and Johnson & Johnson are Motley Fool Income Investor selections. Costco and Starbucks are picks of both Inside Value and Stock Advisor. Microsoft is also an Inside Value choice. The Fool owns shares of Starbucks. The Fool's disclosure policy always gets a perfect score.