Based on the aggregated intelligence of 125,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, discount retailer Family Dollar Stores (NYSE:FDO) 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 Family Dollar's business and see what CAPS investors are saying about the stock right now.

Family Dollar facts 

Headquarters (Founded)

Charlotte, N.C. (1959)

Market Cap

$3.97 billion


General merchandise stores

TTM Revenue

$7.05 billion

Return on Equity (average, last three years)


Dividend Yield



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

Over on CAPS, fully 350 of the 383 members who have rated Family Dollar -- some 91% -- believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bulls include CAPS All-Star RubberSoul61 and angusthermopylae.

Two weeks ago, RubberSoul61 tapped Family Dollar as a "Good place to shop for families looking to stretch their dollars."

In a pitch from last month, angusthermopylae follows that bullish logic and writes:

Good store for bad time. Not bad on debt, fairly good P/E. I'm seeing a lot more "recession fashion" and how-to's on living more cheaply....this company is made for these times. I do about 75% of my regular shopping there (condiments, small food, bread, milk, some clothes.) The stores should do well in hard times. As an investor, I'm betting on this: With so much bad news, FDO's financials will look comparatively Buffet-ish.

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Foolish contributor Brian Pacampara owns no position in any of the companies mentioned. Wal-Mart and Home Depot are Motley Fool Inside Value picks. Johnson & Johnson is an Income Investor selection. The Fool owns shares of Procter & Gamble. The Fool's disclosure policy always gets a perfect score.