Based on the aggregated intelligence of 160,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, soft-drink behemoth Coca-Cola (NYSE: KO) has earned a respected four-star ranking.

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 (1886)

Market Cap

$126.2 billion


Soft drinks

Trailing-12-Month Revenue

$31.0 billion


CEO Muhtar Kent (since 2008)

CFO Gary Fayard (since 1999)

Return on Equity (Average, Past 3 Years)


Cash / Debt

$9.2 billion / $11.9 billion

Dividend Yield



PepsiCo (NYSE: PEP)

Dr Pepper Snapple Group (NYSE: DPS)

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

On CAPS, 95% of the 5,131 members who have rated Coca-Cola believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bulls include FLWolfman and dumberthanafool.

Just last month, FLWolfman tapped Coca-Cola as an ideal way to diversify out of the dollar: "Revenue from overseas affiliates is strong as currency exchange rates favor higher dollars brought in to the US. Diversification of product line is great and new FreeStyle dispenser and marketing is perfectly positioned for continuing growth over the next 2 to 5 years."

In a reply pitch from two weeks later, dumberthanafool expands on the timeless income opportunity:

This stock is selling for about what it sold for 14 years ago.... Dividends continue to be raised and is now at almost [3% yield], with a sustainable payout ratio. Dividends have been paid since 1893. Returns on equity and investments and margins are all still very good. Coke is one of the five most recognizable brands in the world. Expansion continues apace in other areas -- I liked the Vitamin Water acquisition for one thing.

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Fool contributor Brian Pacampara owns no position in any of the companies mentioned. Coca-Cola, PepsiCo, and Diageo are Motley Fool Income Investor picks. Coca-Cola is also an Inside Value choice. Motley Fool Options has recommended a diagonal call position on PepsiCo. Hansen Natural is a selection of Rule Breakers, and FEMSA is a Global Gains pick. The Fool's disclosure policy always gets a perfect score.