Based on the aggregated intelligence of 120,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, sneaker giant Nike (NYSE:NKE) 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 Nike's business, and see what CAPS investors are saying about the stock right now.

Nike Facts

Headquarters (Founded)

Beaverton, Oregon (1964)

Market Cap

$25.47 billion


Athletic apparel

TTM Revenue

$19.40 billion


Co-Founder/Chairman Philip Knight
CEO Mark Parker

Return on Equity (average last three years)



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CAPS members bullish on NKE also bullish on

Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT)

CAPS members bearish on NKE also bearish on

Ford Motor (NYSE:F)
Bank of America (NYSE:BAC)

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

Over on CAPS, fully 1,400 of the 1,487 members who have rated Nike -- some 94% -- believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bulls include rivercitytrader and yellowsmurf27.

Two weeks ago, rivercitytrader reminded our community that Nike is "One of the best brands in the world, especially in high-growth areas of Asia, Middle East and Africa. Very good margins, even after paying for Beckham."

An earlier pitch from yellowsmurf27 in late May shares that sentiment, citing Nike's enduring qualities as a good reason to "just do it":

Nike is a reputable company and has been around for a long time. I believe it will definitely outperform, because the brand name is always in demand, and the products and services are of good quality and long lasting. With the young people always striving to wear the latest fashion trends, this stock should do well picking back up shortly.

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Fool contributor Brian Pacampara owns no position in any of the companies mentioned. Under Armour is a pick of both Motley Fool Hidden Gems and Rule Breakers. Microsoft is an Inside Value recommendation. Apple is a Stock Advisor selection, and Bank of America is a choice of Income Investor. The Fool owns shares of Under Armour. The Fool's disclosure policy always gets a perfect score.