Based on the aggregated intelligence of 115,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, soft-drink king Coca-Cola (NYSE:KO) has earned a respected four-star ranking. While five-star stocks have been the best performers, our data has shown that four-star stocks still outshine the market by a significant margin and shouldn't be taken lightly; conversely, low-rated stocks have woefully lagged the market average.

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

Coca-Cola facts

Headquarters (Founded)

Atlanta, Georgia (1886)

Market Cap

$105.8 billion


Soft Drinks

TTM Revenue

$31.5 billion


CEO Muhtar Kent (since July 2008)
CFO Gary Fayard (since December 1999)

Return on Capital (average last three years)


Dividend Yield



PepsiCo (NYSE:PEP),
Dr. Pepper Snapple (NYSE:DPS)

CAPS members bullish on KO also bullish on

Johnson & Johnson (NYSE:JNJ),
Procter & Gamble (NYSE:PG)

CAPS members bearish on KO also bearish on

General Motors (NYSE:GM)

Sources: Capital IQ, a division of Standard & Poor's, and Motley Fool CAPS. TTM = trailing 12 months.

Over on CAPS, fully 1,090 of 1,143 of the All-Star members who have rated Coca-Cola -- some 95% -- believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bulls include angreemunkee and iamnik77, both of whom are ranked in the top 6% of our community.

Last week, angreemunkee had this to say of Coca-Cola: "Strong brands, good balance sheet. Earnings may not be as big as they were last year for consumer products, but I expect some resistance to recessionary pressures for Coke. Grab it at a multi-year low."

A pitch one day later from iamnik77 follows that line of thinking, expanding on the stock's defensive qualities:

Wow. I never thought I would pick one of the world's most boring stocks. But the price looks good and the yield is about 3%. Plus it doesn't have any debt issues. I think the incredible amount of fear in the market combined with the safety of KO pushed me over the edge when it came to making it one of my picks. I don't think it will double but it will moderately outperform the market over the next couple of years.

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Fool contributor Brian Pacampara owns no position in any of the companies mentioned. Coca-Cola is a Motley Fool Inside Value recommendation, Johnson & Johnson is an Income Investor pick, and Google is a choice of Rule Breakers. The Fool's disclosure policy always gets a perfect score.