Based on the aggregated intelligence of 135,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, New York utility Consolidated Edison (NYSE:ED) has earned a respected four-star ranking.

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

Con Edison facts

Headquarters (founded)

New York, N.Y. (1884)

Market Cap

$9.75 billion

Industry

Multi-Utilities

TTM Revenue

$13.43 billion

Management

President/CEO Kevin Burke (since 2005)

CFO Robert Hoglund (since 2005)

Return on Equity (average, last three years)

10.0%

Dividend Yield

6.6%

Competitors

American Electric Power (NYSE:AEP)

Duke Energy (NYSE:DUK)

CAPS members bullish on ED also bullish on

General Electric (NYSE:GE)

Altria (NYSE:MO)

CAPS members bearish on ED also bearish on

Citigroup (NYSE:C)

Bank of America (NYSE:BAC)

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

Over on CAPS, fully 517 of the 541 members who have rated Con Edison -- some 96% -- believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bulls include dudemonkey and All-Star helicopterfool, who is ranked in the top 5% of our community.

In April, dudemonkey made a particularly practical case for Con Edison:

Dividend aristocrat, recession-proof utility, and its customer base is located in an area not hit as hard by the recession as most. As a resident of NYC, ConEd is one of the bigger annoyances in my life so I want to at least get some profit from them.

In a pitch from February, helicopterfool tapped the stock's tempting yield (which is even marginally higher) as a powerful way to outperform:

The stock’s yield is now 6.5% and the company has raised dividends consistently for 35 years. ... Moreover, the stable nature of regulated power distribution have helped ConEd stockholders beat the broad market by more than 30 percentage points over the past year. It hasn't traded this low since March, 2005. It won't necessarily go to the moon, but it will beat the S&P.

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Fool contributor Brian Pacampara owns no position in any of the companies mentioned. Duke is a Motley Fool Income Investor recommendation. The Fool's disclosure policy always gets a perfect score.