Based on the aggregated intelligence of 145,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, fast-food giant Yum! Brands (NYSE:YUM) has earned a coveted five-star ranking.

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

Yum facts

Headquarters (Founded)

Louisville, Ky. (1997)

Market Cap

$16.2 billion


Hotels, restaurants, and leisure

Trailing-12-Month Revenue

$10.8 billion


CEO David Novak (since 2000)
CFO Richard Carucci (since 2005)

Major Brands

KFC, Pizza Hut, Taco Bell, Long John Silver's, A&W All-American

Return on Capital (Average, Past 3 Years)


Cash / Debt

$424 million / $3.3 billion

Dividend Yield



McDonald's (NYSE:MCD)
Burger King (NYSE:BKC)

CAPS Members Bullish on YUM Also Bullish on

General Electric (NYSE:GE)

CAPS Members Bearish on YUM Also Bearish on

Starbucks (NASDAQ:SBUX)
Citigroup (NYSE:C)

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

On CAPS, 94.5% of the 2,112 members who have rated Yum believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bulls include dbarta99 and EmmaBem.

Just three days ago, dbarta99 couldn't help but salivate over Yum's tasty menu of brands:

America is built on fast food chains and [Yum!] is at the top of that chain. They own many companies such as Taco Bell and KFC, to name a few. No one restaurant can compete with McDonald's (whom I also love), but when you put them together they have more variety and give Mcy D's a run for the money.

In an earlier pitch, EmmaBem elaborates on the yummy opportunity:

Go With What You Know. [Yum!] is a great play in almost any market. They benefit from consumer conscious societies, where a $0.79 taco bell burrito is the dinner of choice to the craze of KFC over in China. If there is one thing I know about this country, and world, it is that fast food is here to stay. Sure, the rapid domestic growth might be slowing, but China is a blaze with Pizza Hut and KFC. [Yum!] will continue to grow, continue to profit and continue to keep pumping sub-par food at super low prices.

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