Based on the aggregated intelligence of 180,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, pet food and products retailer PetSmart (NASDAQ: PETM) has earned a respected four-star ranking.

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

PetSmart facts

 

 

Headquarters (founded)

Phoenix (1986)

Market Cap

$7.1 billion

Industry

Specialty stores

Management

Chairman/CEO Robert Moran

President/COO David Lenhardt

Return on Equity (average, past 3 years)

23.4%

Cash/Debt

$307.2 million / $540.3 million

Dividend Yield

1%

Competitors

PETCO Animal Supplies Stores

Target (NYSE:TGT)

Wal-Mart Stores (NYSE:WMT)

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

On CAPS, 94% of the 756 members who have rated PetSmart believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward.

Just last week, one of those Fools, adamlevy, succinctly summed up the PetSmart bull case for our community:

In the face of increased competition from the likes of Amazon (NASDAQ:AMZN) and Wal-Mart, the company continues to grow faster than the pet products and services segment of retail.

[Same-store sales growth] was 7% last quarter, and I expect similar numbers this quarter. Margins continue to improve as the company focuses on high-end premium products for pet owners. The company has a competitive advantage in its pet services segment over non-specialty stores like Wal-Mart and Costco (NASDAQ:COST), and especially online retailers like Amazon.

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