Based on the aggregated intelligence of 170,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, payroll and personnel services provider Paychex (Nasdaq: PAYX) has earned a respected four-star ranking.

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

Paychex facts

Headquarters (founded)

Rochester, N.Y. (1971)

Market Cap

$11.4 billion


Data processing and outsourced services

Trailing-12-Month Revenue

$2.06 billion


CEO Martin Mucci (since 2010)

CFO Efrain Rivera (since 2011)

Return on Equity (average, past 3 years)



$469.7 million / $0

Dividend Yield



ADP (Nasdaq: ADP)

Insperity (NYSE: NSP)

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

On CAPS, 96% of the 1,433 members who have rated Paychex believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bulls include All-Star FutureMonkey, who is ranked in the top 15% of our community, and lwb1354.

Earlier this year , FutureMonkey tapped Paychex as a particularly solid selection:

Stands to benefit from increased private sector hiring in 2011. Like both PAYX and ADP as long term accumulate and hold to beat the market with reasonable dividend payment reinvested. Not the kind of stock I would trade in and out of. Get rich slow.

Paychex even boasts a robust three-year average operating margin of 37.8%. That's higher than main rival ADP (20.1%), as well as other business service plays such as Insperity (2.4%) and TeleTech Holdings (Nasdaq: TTEC) (8.7%).

CAPS member lwb1354 elaborates on the Paychex bull case:

PAYX is in the small to meduim size payroll processing business. Athough ths is a slow market recovery, when the recovery does pickup steam my guess is that small to meduim size businesses will benefit the most. History has shown that small businesses tend to do quite well in recoveries. ... [M]y guess is that managemet is poised to do quite well in the coming months.

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