Based on the aggregated intelligence of 170,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, orthopedic devices giant Stryker (NYSE: SYK) has earned a coveted five-star ranking.

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

Stryker facts

Headquarters (Founded)

Kalamazoo, Mich. (1941)

Market Cap

$23.04 billion


Health-care equipment

Trailing-12-Month Revenue

$7.54 billion


CEO Stephen MacMillan (since 2005)

CFO Curt Hartman (since 2009)

Return on Equity (Average, Past 3 Years)



$2.89 billion / $996.6 million

Dividend Yield



Johnson & Johnson (NYSE: JNJ)

Smith & Nephew (NYSE: SNN)

Zimmer Holdings (NYSE: ZMH)

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

On CAPS, 98% of the 1,432 members who have rated Stryker believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bulls include All-Star Jeffreyw, who is ranked in the top 5% of our community, and jerry665533.

Late last year , Jeffreyw tapped Stryker as a dependable long-term opportunity: "A leader in ortho products, should outperform as long as the quality of the products stand the test of a lifetime."

Over the past five years, in fact, Stryker has grown its bottom line at a solid rate of 15.1% annually. That's faster than listed rivals like Johnson & Johnson (3.1%) and Smith & Nephew (13.1%), let alone Zimmer's annual drop of 4.7%.

CAPS member jerry665533 expands on the Stryker outperform argument:

The global economic problems has slowed the pace of revenue and earnings growth of SYK, but as the world economies recover hospitals will increase the pace of purchasing of SYK top quality medical equipment and devices. Aging Baby Boomers will increase the demand for otrhopedic devices as well. In addition SYK will continue to expand via acquisition.

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