Based on the aggregated intelligence of 130,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, electricity giant Duke Energy (NYSE:DUK) has earned a coveted five-star ranking.

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

Duke Energy facts

Headquarters (founded)

Charlotte, N.C. (1916)

Market Cap

$18.30 billion


Electric Utilities

Trailing-12-Months Revenue

$12.93 billion


CEO James Rogers

CFO David Hauser

Return on Equity (average, last three years)


Dividend Yield



Exelon (NYSE:EXC)


CAPS members bullish on DUK also bullish on:

Johnson & Johnson (NYSE:JNJ)

Altria (NYSE:MO)

CAPS members bearish on DUK also bearish on:

General Motors (NYSE:GM)

Best Buy (NYSE:BBY)

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

Over on CAPS, 96% of the 1,657 members who have rated Duke believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bulls include ursinho and ir4getful.

Last week, ursinho wrote that "as a dividend paying stock of a well managed regional utility with exposure to natural gas, as well as the burgeoning area of electrical grid (infrastructure) improvement, I find [Duke] a compelling value at these prices."

In a pitch from the next day, ir4getful expands on Duke as a relatively safe way to play with electricity:

This is just too good to pass up. It is about as safe a place as you can find to put some money, yielding a 7% dividend, while waiting for the market to recover. Since it didn't fall as much as the S&P over the past year, it likely won't "outperform" when the market returns, but it does have an easy 40% upside potential with just modest improvement in the market. It beats sitting in CDs or Bonds and missing a rebound altogether.

One of the strongest balance sheets among the utilities, good geographical diversification, positive regulatory relations, low-risk regulated operations.

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Fool contributor Brian Pacampara owns no position in any of the companies mentioned. Duke Energy and Johnson & Johnson are Motley Fool Income Investor picks. Best Buy is a choice of both Inside Value and Stock Advisor, and the Fool owns shares of it. The Fool's disclosure policy always gets a perfect score.