Based on the aggregated intelligence of 145,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, beverage behemoth PepsiCo (NYSE:PEP) has earned a coveted five-star ranking.

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

PepsiCo facts

Headquarters (Founded)

Purchase, N.Y. (1898)

Market Cap

$100.2 billion

Industry

Soft drinks

Trailing-12-Month Revenue

$42.7 billion

Management

CEO Indra Nooyi (since 2006)
CFO Richard Goodman (since 2006)

Major Brands

Pepsi, Gatorade, 7UP, Lay's, Doritos, Cheetos

Return on Equity (Average, Past 3 Years)

35.7%

Cash / Debt

$3.46 billion / $7.95 billion

Dividend Yield

2.8%

Competitors

Coca-Cola (NYSE:KO)
Kraft Foods (NYSE:KFT)
Dr Pepper Snapple Group (NYSE:DPS)

CAPS Members Bullish on PEP Also Bullish on

Procter & Gamble (NYSE:PG)

CAPS Members Bearish on PEP Also Bearish on

Ford Motor (NYSE:F)
Citigroup (NYSE:C)

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

On CAPS, 97% of the 3,799 members who have rated PepsiCo believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bulls include truthisntstupid and mistercube.

Late last month, truthisntstupid wrote that PepsiCo's sweet-and-salty business mix seemed too tasty to pass up:

[S]afe dividend stock with the dividend well covered and averages annual dividend increase of 12-15%. … Also, I'm a Diet Mountain Dew addict. Having the additional snack food and cereal business (Lay's and Frito-Lay and Quaker) makes them more diversified than Coca-Cola, and they own Tropicana too.

In a pitch from last week, mistercube expands on the refreshing opportunity:

While its current price to earnings (~19) and free cash flow make it appear a slower grower than average in a "normal" market, Pepsi, like its rival Coca-Cola, remains a well-diversified, high-margin business with broad international reach....

Exchange rates on a strong dollar may eat into margins from the international trade; however, strong positions relative to debt and interest coverage make Pepsi well prepared to weather a few-years downturn better than most. A payout ratio of ~50% suggests the dividend at this level is not in danger and could even be raised further.

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Fool contributor Brian Pacampara owns no position in any of the companies mentioned. PepsiCo, Coca-Cola, and Procter & Gamble are all Motley Fool Income Investor picks. Coca-Cola is also a choice of Inside Value. The Fool owns shares of Procter & Gamble. The Fool's disclosure policy always gets a perfect score.