Based on the aggregated intelligence of 170,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, tobacco giant Altria (NYSE: MO) has earned a respected four-star ranking.

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

Altria facts

Headquarters (Founded) Richmond, Va. (1919)
Market Cap $50.3 billion
Industry Tobacco
Trailing-12-Month Revenue $16.9 billion

Chairman/CEO Michael Szymanczyk (since March 2008)

CFO Howard Willard, III (since January 2011)

Return on Capital (Average, Past 3 Years) 27.1%
Cash/Debt $1.7 billion / $12.2 billion
Dividend Yield 6.3%

Lorillard (NYSE: LO)

Reynolds American (NYSE: RAI)

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

On CAPS, 96% of the 8,657 members who have rated Altria believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bulls include unusualpro and Harptree.

Late last year, unusualpro touched on Altria's inelastic nature:

I've just come to realize that this company can't lose, the most loyal customers will continue to pay whatever excise taxes and fees that will come from hostile legislation. That's just the reality of the picture, they'll raise prices and the customers will pay the new prices.

Altria's dominance of the U.S. tobacco market, attractive returns on capital, and cheapish valuation continue to support its four-star CAPS status. Thanks to recent share price weakness, Altria's dividend yield (6.3%) is even slightly higher than that of rivals Lorillard (5.8%) and Reynolds (6%), as well as other tobacco plays like British American (NYSE: BTI) (4.2%) and Philip Morris International (NYSE: PM) (4.5%).

CAPS member Harptree expands on the income opportunity :

Let's face it, Altria is a corporate structure that operates like a trust. [Altria] is willing to pay the U.S. Government big tax dollars annually and pass on the rest to shareholders. Hopefully, our government, which by the way is broke, will realize what a great bargain this is and leave well enough alone.

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