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

Stryker facts

Headquarters (founded)

Kalamazoo, Michigan (1941)

Market Cap

$15.18 billion


Health-care equipment

TTM Revenue

$6.66 billion


CEO Stephen MacMillan (since 2005)

CFO Dean Bergy (since 2003)


Zimmer Holdings (NYSE:ZMH)

Medtronic (NYSE:MDT)

CAPS members bullish on SYK also bullish on

Johnson & Johnson (NYSE:JNJ)

General Electric (NYSE:GE)

CAPS members bearish on SYK 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, 220 of the 225 All-Star members who have rated Stryker -- or 98% -- believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500. These bulls include my Foolish colleague Brian Orelli (TMFBiologyFool) and saunafool, both of whom are ranked in the top 10% of our community.

Last month, Brian noted Stryker's sweet combination of growing sales and a falling price: "31 consecutive quarters of double-digit sales growth. You can't ask for much more of a long-term winner than that, yet it's down 30%."

In a pitch from three days ago, saunafool agreed, highlighting the long-term trend working in the stock's favor:

"Baby boomers are getting older, their knees and hips are wearing out, and the people who still have insurance will get the bad joints replaced. Meanwhile, [Stryker] is trading at levels not seen for years, even though they are still making money, have no debt, and will survive whatever the downturn brings."

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Fool contributor Brian Pacampara owns no position in any of the companies mentioned. Johnson & Johnson is a Motley Fool Income Investor pick. Microsoft is a selection of Inside Value. The Fool owns shares of Stryker.  The Fool's disclosure policy always gets a perfect score.