Based on the aggregated intelligence of 135,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, medical lab operator Laboratory Corp. of America (NYSE:LH) has earned a respected four-star ranking.

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

LabCorp facts

Headquarters (founded)

Burlington, N.C. (1971)

Market Cap

$6.67 billion


Health-Care Services

TTM Revenue

$4.56 billion


President/CEO David King (since 2007)

CFO William Hayes (since 2005)

Return on Equity (average, last three years)



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

Over on CAPS, fully 489 of the 505 members who have rated LabCorp -- some 97% -- believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bulls include All-Star healthcarevalue, who is ranked in the top 10% of our community, and athenamike.

Last month, LabCorp seemed to pass several of healthcarevalue's tests for value:

Price/earnings 14.65, Minimal to no long-term debt & low debt/equity of near zero, and focus on lab testing, both routine diagnosis testing and specialty testing services -- should prove to be a good niche market going forward.

In a pitch from two days later, athenamike conducted a follow-up:

LabCorp is building scale and increasing returns on capital over time -- what's not to like. Medical lab testing is growing, it's a relatively small medical expense, it can dramatically improve medical outcomes, and it is becoming an oligopoly between Quest Diagnostics and LabCorp. All this leads to me to predict 15% returns on equity and high growth for quite some time, which should turn into excellent returns over time.

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Fool contributor Brian Pacampara owns no position in any of the companies mentioned. LabCorp and Apple are Motley Fool Stock Advisor selections, Johnson & Johnson is an Income Investor pick, and Quest Diagnostics is a choice of Inside Value. The Fool's disclosure policy always gets a perfect score.