Based on the aggregated intelligence of 170,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, drugstore giant Walgreen (NYSE: WAG) earned a respected four-star ranking.

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

Walgreen facts

Headquarters (Founded)

Deerfield, Ill. (1901)

Market Cap

$36.56 billion


Drug retail

Trailing-12-Month Revenue

$67.42 billion


CEO Gregory Wasson (since 2009)

CFO Wade Miquelon (since 2008)

Return on Equity (Average, Past 3 Years)



$1.88 billion / $2.5 billion

Dividend Yield



Wal-Mart (NYSE: WMT)

CVS Caremark (NYSE: CVS)

Rite Aid (NYSE: RAD)

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

On CAPS, 94% of the 2,059 members who have rated Walgreen believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bulls include worktoretire and 702nitro.

Just last week, worktoretire prescribed Walgreen as a steady way to make some income:

The population is aging, and generic drugs are increasing. Walgreens would be a stable investment, with a dividend; company seems to be branching into other care areas with some stores having staffed mini-clinics, and an immunizations program which is fulfilling a needed service.

Walgreen's convenient store base and solid balance sheet continue to make it a favorite CAPS play on health-care spending growth. In fact, Walgreen even sports a lower total debt-to-capital ratio (14.3%) than its main rivals in the retail drugstore space, Wal-Mart (45.4%), CVS (23.3%), and Rite Aid (147.4%), as well as pharmacy benefit manager foes like Express Scripts (Nasdaq: ESRX) (43.6%) and Medco Health (NYSE: MHS) (53%).

CAPS member 702nitro lists several reasons to stay bullish:

1. Aging Population -- Every year millions of people turn 65. They will go to the doctor and get a prescription and pick it up at a WalGreens near their home.

2. Convenience & Location -- Almost every corner. Short lines takes about 3-4 minutes to get what you want, and another 3-4 minutes to checkout on a busy day.

3. Products -- Carries the essential products we need every day. OTC drugs, toilet paper, personal care (toothpaste, tampons, shampoo).

4. Affordable -- Cheaper personal products than grocery store. Very competitive with Walmart on prices.

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