Based on the aggregated intelligence of 180,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, orthopedic devices giant Stryker (NYSE: SYK) has earned a coveted five-star ranking.

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

Stryker facts

Headquarters (founded) Kalamazoo, Mich. (1941)
Market Cap $19.8 billion
Industry Health care equipment
Trailing-12-Month Revenue $8.5 billion
Management Interim CEO/CFO Curt Hartman
Vice President Curtis Hall
Return on Equity (average, past 3 years) 17.8%
Cash/Debt $3.5 billion / $1.8 billion
Dividend Yield 1.6%
Competitors Biomet
Johnson & Johnson
Zimmer Holdings

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

On CAPS, 98% of the 1,483 members who have rated Stryker believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward.

Just last month, one of those bulls, valuemoneygreen, succinctly summed up the bull case for our community:

Stryker is like my #1 pick for the medical products industry. This company has made money forever and will no doubt in my mind continue to do so. ... 10% growth over the next 5 years. Return on capital of 16% on average over the last five years. Don't stop there look at the last 20. ... Long history and a good track record in the health care industry.

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