Based on the aggregated intelligence of 180,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, nonalcoholic beverage specialist Dr Pepper Snapple Group (NYSE: DPS) has earned a respected four-star ranking.

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

Dr Pepper Snapple facts

Headquarters (founded) Plano, Texas (2007)
Market Cap $9.3 billion
Industry Soft drinks
Trailing-12-Month Revenue $5.9 billion
Management CEO Larry Young (since 2007)
CFO Martin Ellen (since 2010)
Return on Equity (average, past 3 years) 21%
Cash/Debt $203.0 million / $2.7 billion
Dividend Yield 3.1%
Competitors Coca-Cola
Monster Beverage

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

On CAPS, 93% of the 419 members who have rated Dr Pepper Snapple believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward.  

A few months ago, one of those bulls, hend6, tapped the stock as a refreshing income opportunity:

A healthy dividend, among the highest yielding among competitors, along with a number of strong brand names should see this creep up with the others either at or ahead of the market pace. I would expect that if the market does begin to head downward, [Dr Pepper Snapple] will buffer against it and not tremendously drop.

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