Based on the aggregated intelligence of 170,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, entertainment giant Walt Disney (NYSE: DIS) has earned a respected four-star ranking.

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

Disney facts

Headquarters (Founded) Burbank, Calif. (1923)
Market Cap $80.6 billion
Industry Movies and entertainment
Trailing-12-Month Revenue $39.04 billion

CEO Robert Iger (since 2005)

CFO James Rasulo (since 2010)

Return on Equity (Average, Past 3 Years) 11.8%
Cash/Debt $3.04 billion / $12.76 billion
Dividend Yield 0.9%


News Corp. (Nasdaq: NWSA)

General Electric (NYSE: GE)

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

On CAPS, 93% of the 4,703 members who have rated Disney believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bulls include mwlove and gweech.

Less than two months ago, mwlove touched on Disney's ubiquitous nature:

New films, Pixar, Disney channel, cross-marketing. There are so many channels for growth here that the future looks very bright. The management team is now top-notch and taking care of the business. Don't doubt the Mouse.

Disney even boasts a robust three-year average net margin of 10.4%. That's higher than News Corp. at 5% and General Electric's 8.8% average, let alone CBS's average negative margin of (25.6%) over the period.

In a reply pitch from February, gweech offered more reasons to believe in Disney:

First, I am "all in" on the belief that this is a great stock to own. ... Second, I laughed out loud reading an article 8 years ago when Apple launched iTunes and had a paltry $20B market cap. I thought it was the dumbest growth idea in the world and they were "stretching" to increase their market cap. Luckily, I bought a boatload of shares. ... Disney has Marvel, Pixar, successful cable properties and a deep library of untapped characters yet to be monetized. Third, [Disney] has outperformed the S&P over the last 30 years by a factor of 4 (S&P 1000% and DIS 4000%). Half of their revenue now comes from outside the parks. This stock will sit in my IRA for the next 30 years. I can wait.

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