Based on the aggregated intelligence of 135,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, fast-food giant McDonald's (NYSE:MCD) has earned a respected four-star ranking.

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

McDonald's facts

Headquarters (founded)

Oak Brook, Ill. (1948)

Market Cap

$63.6 billion



Trailing-12-Month Revenue

$22.99 billion


CEO James Skinner (since 2004)

COO Ralph Alvarez (since 2006)

Return on Equity (average, last three years)


Dividend Yield



Yum! Brands (NYSE:YUM)

Burger King Holdings (NYSE:BKC)

CAPS Members Bullish on MCD Also Bullish on


General Electric (NYSE:GE)

CAPS Members Bearish on MCD Also Bearish on

Wal-Mart Stores (NYSE:WMT)

Ford Motor (NYSE:F)

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

Over on CAPS, fully 4,017 of the 4,254 members who have rated McDonald's -- some 94% -- believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bulls include my fellow Fool Matt Kopphenheffer (TMFKopp), who is ranked in the top 5% of our community, and All-Star pick compiler AllStarPortfolio.

Just four days ago, Matt expanded on why Fools were just lovin' it:

The numbers go a long way toward explaining why investors and CAPS members alike seem to prefer McDonald's to competitors like Wendy's and Burger King. Across the board, McDonald's financials show that it's a much more profitable and efficient company than the other burger shacks. Perhaps even more impressively, the company is only getting more profitable as time goes on.

In a write-up from last month, AllStarPortfolio (using a pick and pitch from rd80) tapped the stock as a tasty way to make some steady income. Below are rd80's concluding thoughts, but check out the entire analysis here:

In short, McDonald's is a solid, income producing stock. The company has the earnings growth and cash flow to continue annual dividend hikes. The stock should handily outperform the market averages in a weak stock market, but is likely to under perform in a roaring bull.

You aren't going to discover any overlooked piece of information on a Dow 30 stock like [McDonald's] and it isn't going to be the quick double you brag about at work. It's just a boring, steady performer -- and that's a good thing.

What do you think about McDonald's, or any other stock for that matter? Make your voice heard on Motley Fool CAPS today. More than 135,000 investors are waiting to hear what you have to say. CAPS is 100% free, so simply click here to get started.

Fool contributor Brian Pacampara owns no position in any of the companies mentioned. Apple is a Motley Fool Stock Advisor selection. Wal-Mart is a choice of Inside Value. The Fool's disclosure policy always gets a perfect score.