Based on the aggregated intelligence of 170,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, food distributor Sysco (NYSE: SYY) has earned a coveted five-star ranking.

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

Sysco facts

Headquarters (Founded) Houston (1969)
Market Cap $18.72 billion
Industry Food distributors
Trailing-12-Month Revenue $39.25 billion

CEO William DeLaney III (since 2009)

CFO Robert Kreidler (since 2009)

Return on Equity (Average, Past 3 Years) 30.7%
Cash/Debt $385.7 million / $2.67 billion
Dividend Yield 3.2%

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

On CAPS, 97% of the 1,250 members who have rated Sysco believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bulls include pcstuck and DonkeyJunk.

A couple of months ago, pcstuck tapped Sysco as a particularly solid selection: "While higher commodity and fuel prices could hurt margins, SYY operates in a fairly stable and boring industry in which it is the unquestioned leader. ... Looks like a good buy opportunity."

In fact, Sysco's three-year average return on equity of 30.7% easily tops that of other food distributors like Core-Mark Holding (Nasdaq: CORE) (9.2%), Nash Finch (Nasdaq: NAFC) (7.9%), and United Natural Foods (Nasdaq: UNFI) (11.1%).

CAPS member DonkeyJunk elaborates on the Sysco bull case:

Watering at the mouth as this stock continues to be punished for its temporary efforts to squeeze out competitors by not raising prices to account for the inflation in the products it offers. Do I expect this stock to outperform the market over the next year? Not if the market continues to rise. Do I expect to make crazy amounts of money off of a nearly 4% dividend and a stock that is basically coiled and ready to spring? Well, not crazy money, but a strong, steady, reliable flow, yes.

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