Based on the aggregated intelligence of 180,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, global tobacco giant Philip Morris International (NYSE: PM) has earned a coveted five-star ranking.

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

Philip Morris facts

Headquarters (founded) New York (1987)
Market Cap $151.1 million
Industry Tobacco
Trailing-12-Month Revenue $31.1 billion
Management Chairman/CEO Louis Camilleri (since 2008)
CFO Hermann Waldemer (since 2008)
Return on Capital (average, past 3 years) 34.4%
Cash/Debt $2.6 billion / $18.5 billion
Dividend Yield 3.5%
Competitors British American Tobacco
Imperial Tobacco Group
Japan Tobacco

Sources: S&P Capital IQ and Motley Fool CAPS.

On CAPS, 98% of the 2,858 members who have rated Philip Morris believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward.  

Earlier this year, one of those Fools, Naxias, tapped the stock as a steady long-term outperformer:

I have no illusions that I will ever see the returns of 2011 ever again. ... Instead, I anticipate that the growth prospects, which are truly fantastic, will sustain the price and deliver a trend that bests the [S&P 500] for the next 5 and 10 years. Consider that a company like Apple has to invent new products to be king of the hill. In contrast, [Philip Morris] has to execute its proven business plan. Long live the dividend portfolio.  

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