Based on the aggregated intelligence of 135,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, tobacco king Altria (NYSE:MO) has earned a respected four-star ranking.

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

Altria facts

Headquarters (founded)

Richmond, Va. (1919)

Market Cap

$34.41 billion



Trailing-12-Month Revenue

$16.17 billion


Chairman/CEO Michael Szymanczyk

CFO David Beran

Major Brands

Marlboro, Basic, Players, Virginia Slims

Return on Capital (average, last three years)


Dividend Yield



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

Over on CAPS, some 96.5% of the 8,152 members who have rated Altria believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bulls include Dvinity and SMB1959.

In late May, Dvinity displayed bullishness over some recent developments:

As the market leader, Altria should be able to pass the recent tax hikes through to customers without losing market share. And, the acquisition of UST should provide the next growth engine for Altria.

In a pitch from two days ago, SMB1959 also helped Fools inhale the opportunity:

I believe this stock will outperform the S&P in the long run because of its underlying business economics. I like the fact that they have sectored their tobacco brands to different socio/economic strata -- Marlboro, Virginia Slims, and Parliament. These along with Copenhagen and Skoal chewing tobacco dominate the shelf space at all the outlets where tobacco is sold to the general public. ... If you want a vehicle to deliver tobacco in the US, Altria can't be beat. Having said this, I am taking a wait and see attitude so I can collect enough data to see how Altria fares without its international market outlets. It will be a very interesting stock to keep an eye on.

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