Based on the aggregated intelligence of 130,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, pharmaceutical giant Bristol-Myers Squibb (NYSE:BMY) has earned a respected four-star ranking.

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

Bristol-Myers facts 


New York, N.Y. (1887)

Market Cap

$39.43 billion


Drug Manufacturers

TTM Revenue

$20.6 billion


CEO James Cornelius (since 2006)

CFO Jean-Marc Huet (since 2008)

Return on Equity (average, last three years)


Dividend Yield



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

Over on CAPS, fully 1,136 of the 1,224 members who have rated Bristol-Myers -- some 93% -- believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bulls include All-Star BringUs, who is ranked in the top 15% of our community, and jimsfordgt40.

Four days ago, BringUs brought us a list of the stock's positives:

The insiders are buying. The dividend is fat. They haven't eaten up another company like their bio/pharma bretheren (think [Pfizer], [Merck], Roche), so they don't have any rocky integrations to worry about. They have a stocked pipeline. Plus, we have a 1995 sale price. If you ever wanted to go back in time, well...

In a pitch from last month, jimsfordgt40 tapped Bristol as a high-yield (which is even higher today), high-quality opportunity:

A [ttm] profit margin of 25% and return on equity of 28% indicates that this is a well run company. The expiration of patents on Plavix and Avapro in 2011 and 2012 should be offset by increasing sales of Sprycel (cancer), Orencia (rheumatoid arthritis) and Reyataz (HIV- Aids). The projected 10% growth isn't the best out there but it's better than the average big pharma with a 6% estimated growth rate. Plus, I like the 5.6% dividend.

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Fool contributor Brian Pacampara owns no position in any of the companies mentioned. Johnson & Johnson is a Motley Fool Income Investor pick. Pfizer is an Inside Value selection. The Fool's disclosure policy always gets a perfect score.