Based on the aggregated intelligence of 180,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, soft-drink behemoth Coca-Cola has earned a coveted five-star ranking.

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

Coca-Cola facts

Headquarters (Founded)

Atlanta (1886)

Market Cap

$162.7 billion

Industry

Soft drinks

Trailing-12-Month Revenue

$47.6 billion

Management

Chairman/CEO Muhtar Kent
CFO Gary Fayard

Return on Equity (Average, Past 3 Years)

32.3%

Cash/Debt

$18.1 billion / $32.7 billion

Dividend Yield

2.8%

Competitors

Dr Pepper Snapple Group
Pepsico


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

On CAPS, 95% of the 6,652 members who have rated Coca-Cola believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward.

Just last month, one of those Fools, dch111, tapped the stock as a particularly timely opportunity:

Population play. Coca Cola's marketing is too good. I doubt there will be a single person born on Earth that won't be exposed to this brand before adulthood. While it could be even cheaper, I think this pullback is a reasonable entry point.

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The article Why Coca-Cola Is Poised to Outperform originally appeared on Fool.com.

Fool contributor Brian Pacampara has no positions in the stocks mentioned above. The Motley Fool owns shares of PepsiCo. Motley Fool newsletter services recommend The Coca-Cola Company and PepsiCo. Try any of our Foolish newsletter services free for 30 days. We Fools don't all hold the same opinions, but we all believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. The Motley Fool has a disclosure policy.

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