Based on the aggregated intelligence of 180,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, natural and organic food retailer Whole Foods Market
With that in mind, let's take a closer look at Whole Foods' business and see what CAPS investors are saying about the stock right now.
Whole Foods facts
|Headquarters (founded)||Austin, Texas (1978)|
|Market Cap||$15.6 billion|
|Trailing-12-Month Revenue||$10.5 billion|
|Management||Co-Founder/Co-CEO John Mackey
Co-CEO Walter Robb
|Return on Equity (average, past 3 years)||11.2%|
|Cash/Debt||$849.2 million / $19.3 million|
Sources: S&P Capital IQ and Motley Fool CAPS.
On CAPS, 88% of the 4,698 members who have rated Whole Foods believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward.
Let's be honest, people with money will always shop at Whole Foods. People with less money will stop in and buy selected products. People with no money will shop at Whole foods when they can afford it. There is just too many specialty items that consumers, rich and poor alike, can't get anywhere else. The wine and [sushi bars] have become social places to go. This is also one of the few companies that know what customer service is all about.
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