Based on the aggregated intelligence of 115,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, pharmaceutical giant Bristol-Myers Squibb (NYSE:BMY) 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 Bristol-Myers' business, and see what CAPS investors are saying about the stock right now.

Bristol-Myers facts

Headquarters (Founded)

New York, N.Y. (1887)

Market Cap

$37.19 billion


Drug Manufacturing

TTM Revenue

$20.91 billion


CEO James Cornelius (since September 2006)

CFO Jean-Marc Huet (since March 2008)

Return on Equity (average last three years)



Merck (NYSE:MRK),

Eli Lilly (NYSE:LLY)

CAPS members bullish on BMY also bullish on

Johnson & Johnson (NYSE:JNJ),

Pfizer (NYSE:PFE)

CAPS members bearish on BMY also bearish on

General Motors (NYSE:GM),

Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT)

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

Over on CAPS, 92% of the 203 All-Star members who have rated Bristol-Myers believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bulls include jvgarrison and stockdoc00, both of whom are ranked in the top 25% of our community.

In June, jvgarrison wrote that Bristol-Myers is "Another profitable company with a much above average dividend, and a potential takeover target due to its strong pipeline."

A more recent pitch from stockdoc00 last month shares that bullish sentiment, elaborating on the stock's downturn-defensive qualities:

As safe as they come in this industry. While it has potential challenges with patent expirations especially with Plavix, it has an underrated pipeline, strong balance sheet and a solid, dependable 5% dividend (hasn't missed a dividend payment in over 50 years!). In this uncertain market, this is stock that you can buy and sleep easy on.

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Foolish contributor Brian Pacampara owns no position in any of the companies mentioned. Eli Lilly, Johnson & Johnson, and Pfizer are Motley Fool Income Investor recommendations. Pfizer and Microsoft are Inside Value picks. The Fool's disclosure policy always gets a perfect score.