Based on the aggregated intelligence of 135,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, payroll processor Automatic Data Processing (NASDAQ:ADP) has earned a respected four-star ranking.

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

ADP facts

Headquarters (founded)

Roseland, N.J. (1949)

Market Cap

$18.76 billion


Data Processing and Outsourced Services

Trailing-12-Month Revenue

$8.97 billion


CEO Gary Butler

CFO Christopher Reidy

Return on Equity (average, last three years)


Dividend Yield




Administaff (NYSE:ASF)

CAPS Members Bullish on ADP Also Bullish on

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

Over on CAPS, fully 196 of the 203 All-Star members who have rated ADP -- some 96.5% -- believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bulls include TMFBuck and dudemonkey.

In late February, TMFBuck reminded Fools that ADP "is an excellent business that generates a substantial amount of float." My Foolish colleague concludes: "In the event inflation rears its ugly head and interest rates rise, they will earn even more."

In a pitch from April, dudemonkey offers first-hand insight into ADP's advantages:

I'm the technical owner of our ADP applications at my company. Their offerings are comparable to their competitors, their support is reasonable, and their systems are sound although inscrutable at times. However, ADP has a strong economic moat due to the difficulty encounter when attempting to switch away from their applications. … ADP is known as the industry leader in business systems and has no serious competition to that title. It has competitors, for sure, but none of them have the reputation that ADP has. ADP is also a dividend aristocrat.

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