Based on the aggregated intelligence of 180,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, specialty chemical company Ashland (NYSE: ASH ) has earned a respected four-star ranking.
With that in mind, let's take a closer look at Ashland's business and see what CAPS investors are saying about the stock right now.
|Headquarters (founded)||Covington, Ky. (1918)|
|Market Cap||$5.3 billion|
|Trailing-12-Month Revenue||$7.5 billion|
|Management||Chairman/CEO James O'Brien (since 2002)
CFO Lamar Chambers (since 2008)
|Return on Equity (average, past 3 years)||3.9%|
|Cash/Debt||$599.0 million / $3.8 billion|
Momentive Specialty Chemicals
Sources: S&P Capital IQ and Motley Fool CAPS.
On CAPS, 91% of the 321 members who have rated Ashland believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward.
Just yesterday, one of those bulls, All-Star MajorBob04, briefly highlighted several of Ashland's positives: "Growing revenues, investing in future capacity to keep up with demand; profit margins are still decent, earnings just need to catch up, which they will eventually. When they do, the price will pop."
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