Based on the aggregated intelligence of 170,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, pharmaceutical giant Bristol-Myers Squibb (NYSE: BMY) has earned a respected four-star ranking.

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

Bristol-Myers facts

Headquarters (founded) New York (1887)
Market Cap $45.05 billion
Industry Pharmaceuticals
Trailing-12-Month Revenue $19.4 billion

CEO Lamberto Andreotti

CFO Charles Bancroft

Return on Equity (average, past 3 years) 19.9%
Dividend Yield 5%

Merck (NYSE: MRK)

Novartis (NYSE: NVS)

Pfizer (NYSE: PFE)

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

On CAPS, 94% of the 1,626 members who have rated Bristol-Myers believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bulls include All-Star mukwonago531 49, who is ranked in the top 6% of our community, and PeyDaFool.

Just last week, mukwonago53149 tapped Bristol-Myers as a healthy income opportunity: "With a dividend around 5% and a low relative stock price vs. prior history, now is the time to buy."

Bristol-Myers' potent late-stage pipeline, solid fundamentals, and cheapish valuation continue to drive its four-star CAPS rating. In fact, the stock currently boasts a dividend yield (5%) higher than that of big pharma foes Merck (4.2%), Novartis (3.3%), and Pfizer (4.5%), as well as more diversified health giants like Johnson & Johnson (NYSE: JNJ) (3.5%) and Abbott Labs (NYSE: ABT) (3.7%).

CAPS member PeyDaFool elaborates on the bull case:

This stock looks like a winner. Good dividend, impressive ROI and ROE, consistent EPS, favorable debt to equity, cash flow and sales and a necessary product line considering health care is a huge chunk of our GDP.

The payout ratio is a bit high, so I wouldn't expect to see large dividend increases in the future, but it at least appears secure.

[Bristol-Myers] should perform well in the medium to long time horizon. Sit back and collect the dividend while waiting for the stock to drift into the mid 40s.

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Fool contributor Brian Pacampara owns no position in any of the companies mentioned. Pfizer is a Motley Fool Inside Value pick. Novartis is a choice of Global Gains. Johnson & Johnson is a Motley Fool Income Investor selection, and Motley Fool Options has recommended a diagonal call position on it. The Fool owns shares of Johnson & Johnson. Try any of our Foolish newsletter services free for 30 days.

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