Based on the aggregated intelligence of 125,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, Swiss agrochemical giant Syngenta (NYSE:SYT) has earned a coveted five-star ranking.

With that in mind, let's take a closer look at Syngenta's business, and see what CAPS investors are saying about the stock right now.

Syngenta facts

Headquarters (founded)

Basel, Switzerland (1999)

Market Cap

$20.1 billion


Fertilizers and agricultural chemicals

TTM Revenue

$10.85 billion


CEO Michael Mack (since 2008)
CFO John Ramsay (since 2007)

TTM Return on Equity


Dividend Yield



DuPont (NYSE:DD)
Monsanto (NYSE:MON)

CAPS members bullish on SYT also bullish on:

PotashCorp (NYSE:POT)
Mosaic (NYSE:MOS)

CAPS members bearish on SYT also bearish on:

ExxonMobil (NYSE:XOM)
First Solar (NASDAQ:FSLR)

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

Over on CAPS, 497 of the 508 members who have rated Syngenta -- or 98% -- believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bulls include PuntoBrain and CAPS All-Star mulledover, who is ranked in the top 3% of our community.

Two weeks ago, PuntoBrain noted that Syngenta "isn't as well known and doesn't seem as aggressive a company as [Monsanto], but pays a higher dividend. ... this is a growth business and [Syngenta] is the European play on that market."

In a more extensive pitch from three days earlier, mulledover stressed the significant advantages of Syngenta's business:

[T]he benefit is that you can have increase the yield with a minimum of pesticide application. Naturally it would be nice if organic crops produced at the same rate as those that use pesticides and fertilizer but this just isn't the case and unless you put a one child limit on the planet, more food is required and this is currently the best method.

Also of interest for [Monsanto]/[Syngenta] is the current development of drought resistant strains as that will expand the food growing areas to parts of the world that are or have become too arid.

What do you think about Syngenta, or any other stock for that matter? Make your voice heard on Motley Fool CAPS today. More than 125,000 investors are waiting to hear what you have to say. CAPS is 100% free, so simply click here to get started.

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