Based on the aggregated intelligence of 130,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, health-care company Abbott Labs (NYSE:ABT) has earned a respected four-star ranking.

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

Abbott facts

Headquarters (founded)

Abbott Park, Ill. (1888)

Market Cap

$66.73 billion



TTM Revenue

$29.48 billion


CEO Miles White (since 1999)
CFO Thomas Freyman (since 2001)

Return on Equity (average, last three years)


Dividend Yield



Merck (NYSE:MRK)
Sanofi-Aventis (NYSE:SNY)

CAPS members bullish on ABT also bullish on

Johnson & Johnson (NYSE:JNJ)
Procter & Gamble (NYSE:PG)

CAPS members bearish on ABT also bearish on

Pfizer (NYSE:PFE)
Bristol-Myers Squibb (NYSE:BMY)

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

Over on CAPS, fully 1,273 of the 1,346 members who have rated Abbott -- some 94.5% -- believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bulls include bobbyabull and All-Star lemus.

Last month, bobbyabull tapped Abbott as a safe way to make some decent income:

Great addition to a conservative, diversified portfolio at this price. … nice dividend means you get paid to wait for the (inevitable) capital appreciation. After the past 18 months, I like to dollar cost average into stocks that allow me to sleep at night. This is that kind of stock.

In a more recent pitch from last week, lemus follows that bullish line of reasoning:

Great company with a lot of good products. Patents on their drugs are not near expiration, unlike some of their competitors. Nice dividend with a history of increases. I see no reason why this stock deserves to get beaten up as much as it has. Fears about Obama's healthcare reform are overblown.

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Fool contributor Brian Pacampara owns no position in any of the companies mentioned. Johnson & Johnson and Procter & Gamble are Motley Fool Income Investor picks. Pfizer is a choice of Inside Value. The Fool owns shares of Procter & Gamble. The Fool's disclosure policy always gets a perfect score.