Why Nike Is Ready to Run

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

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

Nike facts

Headquarters (founded)

Beaverton, Ore. (1964)

Market Cap

$43.9 billion

Industry

Footwear

Trailing-12-Month Revenue

$24.7 billion

Management

CEO Mark Parker
CFO Donald Blair

Return on Equity (average, past 3 years)

21.7%

Cash/Debt

$3.3 billion / $364.0 million

Dividend Yield

0.9%

Competitors

Under Armour (NYSE: UA  )
VF  (NYSE: VFC  )

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

On CAPS, 95% of the 2,406 members who have rated Nike believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward.

Just last week, one of those bulls, NHWeston, tapped Nike as a particularly timely opportunity: "A bet on global recovery, increased sales overseas, projected new ad campaign, and new stock purchaser interest once stock split is realized. They just make stuff people want."

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