5-Star Stocks Poised to Pop: GrafTech International

Based on the aggregated intelligence of 180,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, graphite and carbon-based products manufacturer GrafTech International (NYSE: GTI  ) has earned a coveted five-star ranking.

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

GrafTech facts

Headquarters (founded) Parma, Ohio (1886)
Market Cap $1.5 billion
Industry Industrial electrical equipment
Trailing-12-Month Revenue $1.3 billion
Management CEO Craig Shular (since 2003)
CFO Lindon Robertson (since 2011)
Return on Equity (average, past 3 years) 16.5%
Cash/Debt $7.1 million / $604.2 million
Competitors SGL Carbon
Showa Denko
Tokai Carbon

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

On CAPS, 98% of the 926 members who have rated GrafTech believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward.

Just last month, one of those Fools, TMF42, succinctly summed up the bull case for our community:

GrafTech is the low-cost producer of high quality graphite electrodes needed to make steel in electric arc furnaces. The company has a history of solid performance in a cyclical business and is run by savvy managers with a long-term outlook. GrafTech recently purchased its largest supplier and should begin improving input quality and benefitting from cost savings. While demand for steel will ebb and flow, GrafTech's cost advantages remain.

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