Based on the aggregated intelligence of 125,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, replacement auto parts maker Genuine Parts (NYSE:GPC) has earned a coveted five-star ranking.

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

Genuine Parts facts

Headquarters (founded)

Atlanta, Georgia (1928)

Market Cap

$5.06 billion

Industry

Distributors

TTM Revenue

$11.12 billion

Management

Chairman/CEO Thomas Gallagher

CFO Jerry Nix

TTM Return on Equity

19.1%

Dividend Yield

5%

Competitors

AutoZone (NYSE:AZO),

O'Reilly Automotive (NASDAQ:ORLY)

CAPS members bullish on GPC also bullish on:

Altria Group (NYSE:MO),

Pfizer (NYSE:PFE)

CAPS members bearish on GPC also bearish on:

Capital One Financial (NYSE:COF),

SUPERVALU (NYSE:SVU)

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

Over on CAPS, 78 of the 82 All-Star members who have rated Genuine Parts -- or 95% -- believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bulls include minnjim1 and symple, both of whom are ranked in the top 20% of our community.

Last week, minnjim1 highlighted the stock as a way to defend against the downturn: "The need for auto parts will not go away, especially as new car sales plummet and we keep our older cars running by fixing them. Recession-proof."

In a pitch from earlier in the month, symple follows that bullish line of thinking:

"A good company with recognized quality parts. Replacement and repair is the name of the game in automotive industry in a recession. Look around at how many repair shops display the NAPA Quality Parts Sign! This stock weathered the storm better than most in the last 2 market downturns."

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Fool contributor Brian Pacampara owns no position in any of the companies mentioned. Pfizer is a Motley Fool Income Investor and Inside Value pick, and the Fool owns shares of it. Genuine Parts is an Income Investor pick. The Fool's disclosure policy always gets a perfect score.