Based on the aggregated intelligence of 165,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, sneaker giant Nike (NYSE: NKE) has earned a respected four-star ranking.

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

Nike facts

Headquarters (Founded)

Beaverton, Ore. (1964)

Market Cap

$34.3 billion

Industry

Footwear

Trailing-12-Month Revenue

$19 billion

Management

CEO Mark Parker (since 2006)

CFO Donald Blair (since 1999)

Return on Equity (Average, Past 3 Years)

21.3%

Cash/Debt

$5.1 billion / $592 million

Dividend Yield

1.5%

Competitors

Adidas

Puma

Under Armour (NYSE: UA)

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

On CAPS, 94% of the 1,808 members who have rated Nike believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bulls include taylor4u and blink182fan.

Just last week, taylor4u wrote that "Nike has great brand management and great products." Our CAPS member continues: "It has a good stable US business and excellent growth in China and emerging markets."

Despite increasingly fierce competition from the likes of powerhouse Adidas and up-and-comer Under Armour, Nike continues to be the king of athletic footwear. While growth in the U.S. certainly has slowed some, many Fools believe Nike still has plenty of room to get bigger globally. In the latest quarter, for example, Nike posted impressive emerging markets sales growth of 47%.

And with the stock substantially lagging Under Armour's over the past year, as well as other footwear plays like Deckers Outdoor (Nasdaq: DECK) and Skechers, Nike might be a timely opportunity, to boot.

CAPS member blink182fan sums up the bull case:

Nike is a great company. Even though their North American and European markets are basically flat, they are seeing large amounts of growth from emerging markets in south america and southeast asia, enough to make up for their non performance in the developed world. Couple that with a recognizable brand, multiple options through a large cash account, and a growing top and bottom line, and you've got a good pick.

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Fool contributor Brian Pacampara doesn't own a position in any of the companies mentioned. Under Armour is both a Motley Fool Hidden Gems and a Rule Breakers pick. Nike is a Stock Advisor recommendation. The Fool owns shares of Under Armour. The Fool's disclosure policy always gets a perfect score.