Based on the aggregated intelligence of 180,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, athletic apparel giant Nike (NYSE: NKE) has earned a respected four-star ranking.

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

Nike facts

Headquarters (Founded) Beaverton, Ore. (1964)
Market Cap $42.2 billion
Industry Footwear
Trailing-12-Month Revenue $21.8 billion
Management Chairman/Co-Founder Phil Knight
President/CEO Mark Parker
Vice President/CFO Donald Blair
Return on Equity (Average, Past 3 Years) 20.3%
Cash/Debt $3.7 billion / $518 million
Dividend Yield 1.6%
Competitors Deckers (Nasdaq: DECK)
Under Armour

Sources: S&P Capital IQ and Motley Fool CAPS.

On CAPS, 94% of the 2,168 members who have rated Nike believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bulls include thebrokengroup and All-Star TheMiracleDJR, who is ranked in the top 10% of our community.

Earlier this year , thebrokengroup noted that Nike has "made inroads in every country." Our CAPS member concludes: "They are an amazing marketing machine that will continue to grow and dominate the field of helping athletes at all levels perform at their very best."

Currently, Nike currently sports a cheapish forward P/E of 15.8. That represents a discount to listed rivals Deckers (16.5) and Under Armour (32.4), as well as other athletic apparel plays like lululemon athletica (Nasdaq: LULU) (32.7).

CAPS All-Star TheMiracleDJR expands on the outperform argument:

Just watch their commercial for the World Cup and you see they remain inspired despite their size. This is part of my strategy of combining picks which essentially are like owning a Monopoly. Nike Under Armour is like owning a $ printing press. I actually believe pressure from [Under Armour] is good for them, keeps them sharp.

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