Based on the aggregated intelligence of 170,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, Japanese auto giant Honda Motor (NYSE: HMC) has earned a respected four-star ranking.

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

Honda facts

Headquarters (Founded)

Tokyo, Japan (1946)

Market Cap

$70.9 billion


Automobile manufacturers


$110.02 billion


President/CEO Takanobu Ito

CFO Satoshi Aoki

Return on Equity (Average, Past 3 Years)



$15.75 billion / $50.48 billion

Dividend Yield



Ford Motor (NYSE: F)

General Motors (NYSE: GM)

Toyota Motor (NYSE: TM)

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

On CAPS, 95% of the 1,806 members who have rated Honda believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bulls include MattGontovnick and Onigato.

Just last month, MattGontovnick wrote that Honda "is an incredibly known and safe company to invest in." Our CAPS member concludes: "After the earthquake in Japan the market has decreased in the short-run but in the long-run, Honda will become bigger then ever."

Over the next five years, in fact, Honda is expected to grow its bottom line at a brisk rate of 25.1% annually. That's faster than rivals Ford (17.8%), General Motors (10.3%), and Toyota (21.8%).

CAPS member Onigato elaborates on the Honda bull case:

Though this and many other Japanese automotive stocks were hurt by the recent earthquake, and will continue to have trouble for perhaps up to a year, the core structure of the companies and their products appeal to the American consumer. Honda has always made fuel-efficient vehicles, and with fuel prices as high as they are, with no drop in sight, people will continue to buy these cars.

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