Based on the aggregated intelligence of 150,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, pharmaceutical giant GlaxoSmithKline (NYSE: GSK) has earned a respected four-star ranking.

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

Glaxo facts

Headquarters (Founded)

Brentford, U.K. (1935)

Market Cap

$97 billion



Trailing-12-Month Revenue

$42.7 billion


CEO Andrew Witty (since 2008)

CFO Julian Heslop (since 2005)

Return on Capital (Average, Past 3 Years)



$11 billion / $26.2 billion

Dividend Yield



Novartis (NYSE: NVS)

Pfizer (NYSE: PFE)

sanofi-aventis (NYSE: SNY)

Other Highly Rated Pharmaceutical Stocks

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Sources: Capital IQ (a division of Standard & Poor's), Yahoo! Finance, and Motley Fool CAPS.

On CAPS, 96.5% of the 459 All-Star members who have rated Glaxo believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bulls include nrlbuild and mrindependent, both of whom are ranked in the top 6% of our community.

Less than two months ago, nrlbuild highlighted Glaxo as a rather healthy high-yielder (which is even higher today):

I like the 5% dividend in a retirement account. Big pipeline of late stage drugs. Global company based in UK, so some hedge against the dollar. Strong cash flow. Appear to better (more conservative) with picking proper acquisitions than Pfizer. Drug companies are not going away.

In a pitch from just four days ago, mrindependent tapped the company's recent legal troubles as an opportunity to pounce:

GlaxoSmithKline is currently available at a discount due to concerns about Avandia lawsuits. Current dividend yield is over 6% and the forward p/e is less than 10. The evidence against Glaxo is inconclusive at this point and the potential damages are unclear. In my opinion the stock has been punished too severely.

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Fool contributor Brian Pacampara owns no position in any of the companies mentioned. Pfizer is a Motley Fool Inside Value pick, Novartis is a Global Gains choice, and Johnson & Johnson is a selection of Income Investor. Motley Fool Options has recommended a buy calls position on Johnson & Johnson. The Fool owns shares of Glaxo. The Fool's disclosure policy always gets a perfect score.