Based on the aggregated intelligence of 110,000-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. While five-star stocks have been the best performers, our data has shown that four-star stocks still outshine the market by a significant margin and shouldn't be taken lightly; conversely, low-rated stocks have woefully lagged the market average.

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, Illinois (1948)

Market Cap

$68.8 billion



TTM Revenue

$23.34 billion


CEO James Skinner (since 2004);

COO Ralph Alvarez (since 2006)

Return on Capital (avg. last three years)


CAPS members bullish on MCD also bullish on



General Electric (NYSE:GE)

CAPS members bearish on MCD also bearish on

Ford Motor (NYSE:F),

General Motors (NYSE:GM),

Research In Motion (NASDAQ:RIMM)

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

Over on CAPS, fully 726 of 769 of the All-Star members who have rated McDonald's -- some 94% -- believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward. These All-Star bulls include rd80 and klock502, both of whom are ranked in the top 10% of our community.

In June, rd80 reminded our community that McDonald's has a "Growing business, decent dividend, and solid history of dividend hikes. Business should be pretty steady through a slowing U.S. economy while benefiting from growth overseas."

An earlier pitch from klock502 in March follows that line of thinking, highlighting McDonald's well-positioned menu:

With both breakfast sales and coffee sales on the rise in the industry, McDonald's is taking advantage by increasing their premium coffee line as well as their breakfast menu. This, combined with their Value Menu, the convenience factor, and the closing of major competitors nationwide should help this company exceed expectations. ... The global reach and expansion of McDonald's in foreign markets will also contribute to the bottom line. While the dollar falters in the US, the concentration is shifting more to overseas sales, bringing profitability along with it.

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