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

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

AstraZeneca facts

Headquarters (founded)

London, U.K. (1992)

Market Cap

$57.20 billion



Trailing-12-Month Revenue

$31.63 billion


CEO David Brennan (since 2006)

CFO Simon Lowth (since 2007)

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.

Over on CAPS, fully 411 of the 437 members who have rated AstraZeneca -- some 94% -- believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bulls include mtinvest and All-Star Gtrinvestor, who is ranked in the top 0.1% of our community.

In a pitch from last month, Gtrinvestor also taps AstraZeneca as a good way to play defense:

Drug co, so a nice defensive stock (P/E is only 8).... I think the run-up recently was nice in the broader market, but stocks will go back down in the near future (I'm guessing about a 10% - 15% drop from current levels). In the meantime, [AstraZeneca] should hold steady (or go up as a defensive play). In the meanwhile you can collect on the dividend which is actually funded from operating cash (not borrowings like a lot of other companies recently). 3 thumbs up out of 3.

Two weeks ago, mtinvest responded to Gtrinvestor and expressed puzzlement over the stock's cheapish price:

Is there something wrong with the pipeline at [AstraZeneca]? Why don't people appreciate the steady growth in shareholder equity and the gigantic free cash flow? OK, so [AstraZeneca] over paid for MedImmune, but that's in the past. The fundamentals still look strong.

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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 selection, while Pfizer is a choice of Inside Value. The Fool's disclosure policy always gets a perfect score.