Based on the aggregated intelligence of 160,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, fast-food giant McDonald's (NYSE: MCD) has earned a respected four-star ranking.

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

McDonald's facts

Headquarters (Founded)

Oak Brook, Ill. (1948)

Market Cap

$72.5 billion



Trailing-12-Month Revenue

$22.74 billion


CEO James Skinner (since 2004)

CFO Peter Bensen (since 2008)

Return on Equity (Average, Past 3 Years)



$1.8 billion / $10.6 billion

Dividend Yield



Burger King Holdings (NYSE: BKC)

Yum! Brands (NYSE: YUM)

Starbucks (NYSE: SBUX)

Key Customers

Chipotle Mexican Grill (NYSE: CMG)

Wal-Mart Stores (NYSE: WMT)

Strategic Partners

American Express (NYSE: AXP)

DreamWorks Animation

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

On CAPS, 95% of the 4,606 members who have rated McDonald's believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bulls include Monroe7 and dumberthanafool.

Last month, Monroe7 highlighted the stock as a golden way to global:

[McDonald's] is one of the best large cap value stocks on the market. It has repeatedly made revenue increases in emerging markets and seems to keep earning more and more revenue no matter what the market is doing. This is an ultra safe way to get exposure to emerging markets and has a solid dividend. Great pick for short and long term value.

In a pitch from two weeks later, dumberthanafool expands on the delicious opportunity:

Largest fast-food chain in the world, and one of its most recognizable brands. Growth in India has been strong, growth in China is inevitable in the long run. Good hedge against a possible falling dollar because of the amt of revenues derived outside US. ... [I]n the long term [McDonald's] will continue to be very, very strong and provide international growth. Dividend is great, and payout ratio makes it sustainable. Measures of management effectiveness and profitability continue to be excellent. Dividends have been paid consistently since 1976.

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Fool contributor Brian Pacampara owns no position in any of the companies mentioned. Chipotle is a choice of both Motley Fool Hidden Gems and Rule Breakers. Motley Fool Options has recommended a bull call spread position on Yum! Brands. Starbucks and Dreamworks are Stock Advisor picks. Wal-Mart and American Express are Inside Value selections. The Fool owns shares of Chipotle. The Fool's disclosure policy always gets a perfect score.