Based on the aggregated intelligence of 180,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, managed care provider UnitedHealth Group (NYSE: UNH) has earned a coveted five-star ranking.

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

UnitedHealth facts

Headquarters (founded) Minnetonka, Minn. (1974)
Market Cap $57.6 billion
Industry Managed health care
Trailing-12-Month Revenue $103.7 billion
Management CEO Stephen Hemsley (since 2006)
CFO David Wichmann (since 2011)
Return on Equity (average, past 3 years) 18.4%
Cash/Debt $14.3 billion / $12.9 billion
Dividend Yield 1.2%
Competitors Aetna

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

On CAPS, 96% of the 3,442 members who have rated UnitedHealth believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward.

Just last week, one of those Fools, CoreAndExplore, listed a few of UnitedHealth's positives: "High [return on equity] and net margin for a health insurer. Debt/equity is also very healthy, and considering the strong annual earnings growth one can expect over the next few years of between 10-12%, [UnitedHealth] is due for a run."

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