Based on the aggregated intelligence of 180,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, Irish healthcare products developer Covidien (NYSE: COV) has earned a respected four-star ranking.

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

Covidien facts

Headquarters Dublin
Market Cap $27.6 billion
Industry Healthcare equipment
Trailing-12-Month Revenue $11.9 billion
Management Chairman/CEO Jose Almeida
CFO Charles Dockendorff
Return on Equity (average, past 3 years) 11.6%
Cash/Debt $1.7 billion / $4.3 billion
Dividend Yield 1.6%
Competitors Becton Dickinson
CR Bard
Johnson & Johnson

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

On CAPS, 96% of the 468 members who have rated Covidien believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward.

Just last week, one of those Fools, NHWeston102, tapped the stock as a particularly special opportunity: "Covidien is embracing a risky strategy, but one that could pay big buck -- they're going to drop most of their pharma for a more focused market, medical devices. They have some very fine tech and just might get bought."

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