Based on the aggregated intelligence of 180,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, electricity distributor National Grid (NYSE:NGG) has earned a coveted five-star ranking.

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

National Grid facts

Headquarters (founded)

London (1990)

Market Cap

$40.0 billion

Industry

Multi-utilities

Trailing-12-Month Revenue

$22.2 billion

Management

CEO Steven Holliday (since 2007)

Finance Director Andrew Bonfield (since 2010)

Return on Equity (average, past 3 years)

29.6%

Cash/Debt

$4.4 billion / $39.3 billion

Dividend Yield

7.2%

Competitors

Consolidated Edison (NYSE:ED)

Iberdola

SSE

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

On CAPS, 97% of the 832 members who have rated National Grid believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward.

Just yesterday, one of those bulls, fellow Fool Justin Loiseau (TMFJLo), touched on the demographic tailwind working in the stock's favor:

National Grid has a customer base half the size of Duke Energy (NYSE:DUK), but it also has a secret weapon. Although its business in New York, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island won't skyrocket anytime soon (average 0.27% growth), investors would be wise to remember that 67% of this corporation's profits comes from its U.K. operations.

The 2011 U.K. census reported the kingdom's largest population increase ever. With a 7% growth rate, the U.K. grew by 3.7 million people, compared with the United States' 2.2 million additions.

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