Based on the aggregated intelligence of 110,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, tobacco king Altria (NYSE:MO) has earned a coveted five-star ranking. Our data has shown that five-star stocks outperform the market by a significant margin; conversely, one-star stocks have woefully lagged the market average.

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, Virginia (1919)

Market Cap

$43.14 billion



TTM Revenue

$38.17 billion


CEO Michael Szymanczyk (since 2002);

CFO David Beran (since 2007)

Major Brands

Marlboro, Basic, Players, Virginia Slims

Return on Equity (avg. last three years)


CAPS members bullish on MO also bullish on

General Electric (NYSE:GE),


Cisco Systems (NASDAQ:CSCO)

CAPS members bearish on MO also bearish on

Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT),

General Motors (NYSE:GM),

Citigroup (NYSE:C)

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

Over on CAPS, fully 1,688 of 1,720 of the All-Star members who have rated Altria -- some 98% -- believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward. These All-Star bulls include lepant and DemonDoug, both of whom are ranked in the top 10% of our community.

In January, prior to its spinoff of Philip Morris International lepant reminded our community that Altria is a company with, "A 55 year track record of 20% returns, lots of cash, and continual growth; loathing of smoking aside, the business behind Altria is rock solid and it will continue to beat the S&P."

An earlier pitch from DemonDoug in April 2007 shared that bullish attitude, commenting on Altria's dynamic dividend history:

Best performing S&P stock since the S&P was initiated 50 years ago. I own this stock in my Roth IRA personally, and will likely continue to hold and add to my position for the next 3 decades and beyond. ... I can go over the fundamentals, but as a reader, you probably have a good idea how good [Altria's] fundamentals are. Simply put, this is a dividend achieving stock, continually growing revenues year after year, with a product that dominates the market, and will grow in popularity as the developing world joins the "first world."

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Foolish contributor Brian Pacampara owns no position in any of the companies mentioned. The Fool's disclosure policy always gets a perfect score.