Based on the aggregated intelligence of 145,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, graphics and publishing software specialist Adobe Systems (NASDAQ:ADBE) has earned a coveted five-star ranking.

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

Adobe facts

Headquarters (Founded)

San Jose, Calif. (1982)

Market Cap

$19.2 billion


Application software

Trailing-12-Month Revenue

$3.1 billion


CEO Shantanu Narayen (since 2007)
CFO Mark Garrett (since 2007)

Major Franchises

Photoshop, Flash, Acrobat, Creative Suite

Return on Equity (Average, Past 3 Years)



$2.56 billion / $350 million



CAPS Members Bullish on ADBE Also Bullish on


CAPS Members Bearish on ADBE Also Bearish on (NASDAQ:AMZN)
Ford Motor (NYSE:F)

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

On CAPS, 96% of the 1,827 members who have rated Adobe believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bulls include nelson907 and All-Star wuff3t, who is ranked in the top 10% of our community.

About one month ago, nelson907 seemed cautiously optimistic about Adobe's foray into Web analytics:

They already have great products. I just hope they can continue to excel with their recent acquisition of [Omniture], which was also a strong company. Hopefully their hands aren't too full. I would hate to see either area not live up to its full potential.

In an earlier pitch, wuff3t elaborates on those potentially potent synergies:

A lot depends on how well they integrate and make use of [Omniture], but if they do that well they have the potential to own a huge and very profitable corner of the market, as unrivalled leaders in website design coupled with the ability to provide the data that tells you just how efficiently those sites are working once they're up and running. The growing focus on e-commerce bodes well for the company that combines these two attributes, which could give [Adobe] a wide moat in years to come.

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Fool contributor Brian Pacampara owns no position in any of the companies mentioned. Adobe, Apple, and Amazon are all Motley Fool Stock Advisor picks. Google is a recommendation of Rule Breakers. The Fool owns shares of Oracle. The Fool's disclosure policy always gets a perfect score.