Based on the aggregated intelligence of 130,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, alcoholic-drink distributing giant Diageo (NYSE:DEO) has earned a coveted five-star ranking.

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

Diageo facts

Headquarters (founded)

London (1886)

Market Cap

$30.32 Billion


Wineries and Distillers

Trailing-12-Month Revenue

$13.11 Billion


CEO Paul Walsh (Since 2000), CFO Nicholas Rose (Since 1999)

Major Brands

Smirnoff, Johnnie Walker, Captain Morgan, Guinness, Baileys

Trailing-12-Month Return on Equity


Dividend Yield



Constellation Brands (NYSE:STZ), Fortune Brands (NYSE:FO)

CAPS members bullish on DEO also bullish on

Johnson & Johnson (NYSE:JNJ), Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL)

CAPS members bearish on DEO also bearish on

General Motors (NYSE:GM), Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT)

Sources: Capital IQ (a division of Standard & Poor's) and Motley Fool CAPS.

On CAPS, 2,127 of the 2,159 members who have rated Diageo -- some 98.5% -- believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bulls include amassafortune and tenmiles, both of whom are ranked in the top 1% of our community.

In February, amassafortune tapped Diageo as tasty way to defend against the downturn: "During a recession, even if sales are down, high-quality brands of liquors still sell well without heavy discounting. Unsold inventory is more likely to appreciate than just about any other product or commodity."

In a pitch from January, tenmiles urged Fools to drink in Diageo's bargain-like price, which is even better today:

I like Diageo as a defensive play and likely market beater on a total return basis over the next few years. Valuation metrics are in line with its peer group. … Leadership positions within a wide variety of spirits; also has some "low end" lines, which should continue to do well if drinkers trade down. I hadn't realized until recently that they sell more Guinness in Africa than in Ireland. Worst case scenario -- their 10 year old Johnnie Walker inventory becomes 12 year old and they sell it for more profit -- seems like a good business model for these recessionary times.

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Fool contributor Brian Pacampara owns no position in any of the companies mentioned. Diageo and Johnson & Johnson are Motley Fool Income Investor picks. Fortune Brands and Apple are Stock Advisor selections. Microsoft is a choice of Inside Value. The Fool's disclosure policy always gets a perfect score.