Based on the aggregated intelligence of 145,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, health-care company Abbott Labs (NYSE:ABT) has earned a coveted five-star ranking.

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

Abbott facts

Headquarters (Founded)

Abbott Park, Ill. (1888)

Market Cap

$84.3 billion



Trailing-12-Month Revenue

$29.9 billion


Chairman/CEO Miles White (since 1999)

CFO Thomas Freyman (since 2001)

Return on Equity (Average, Past 3 Years)



$8.7 billion / $15.6 billion

Dividend Yield



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CAPS Members Bullish on ABT Also Bullish on

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CAPS Members Bearish on ABT Also Bearish on

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

On CAPS, 95.5% of the 1,614 members who have rated Abbott believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bulls include All-Star stockintrade, who is ranked in the top 12% of our community, and TheGolden13.

Earlier this year, stockintrade singled out Abbott as a rather healthy way to diversify: "Rock steady, dividend history, reasonably well managed, well-diversified in terms of product, markets and geographies."

In a pitch from just last week, TheGolden13 expands on the company's owner-friendly manner:

Abbott has had increasing dividends for over 10 years. This shows strength in the midst of one recession and Depression 2. Important factors for me are that: (1) [Abbott] can pay off its' long term debt with only two years of net income; (2) its current liabilities are half of its current assets; (3) its amount of shares outstanding has remained constant for the past 10 years meaning that it doesn't use stock offerings to raise money ... and finally its P/E is about 15 which is at an all time low over the past 10 years.

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