Based on the aggregated intelligence of 180,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, industrial gases producer Praxair (NYSE: PX ) has earned a respected four-star ranking.
With that in mind, let's take a closer look at Praxair's business and see what CAPS investors are saying about the stock right now.
|Headquarters (founded)||Danbury, Conn. (1907)|
|Market Cap||$32.8 billion|
|Trailing-12-Month Revenue||$11.3 billion|
|Management||Chairman/CEO Stephen Angel
CFO James Sawyer
|Return on Equity (average, past 3 years)||25.1%|
|Cash/Debt||$90.0 million / $6.6 billion|
|Competitors||Air Products & Chemicals
L'Air Liquide SA
The Linde Group
Sources: S&P Capital IQ and Motley Fool CAPS.
On CAPS, 96% of the 690 members who have rated Praxair believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward.
Praxair issued bonds a while back and include share repurchase in the use of proceeds. Bond move so I did a little research to see if it was also a Foolish move.
Turns out the company is fairly priced with a solid track record of earnings and dividend growth. In fact, if the 19-year streak of [dividend] hikes continues, using record low interest borrowing to buy shares probably improves after tax cash flow in a couple of years.
Combine that with a business -- industrial gasses -- that should improve as the economy recovers and a green thumb is in order.
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