Based on the aggregated intelligence of 180,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, water industry equipment specialist Xylem (NYSE: XYL ) has earned a coveted five-star ranking.
With that in mind, let's take a closer look at Xylem's business and see what CAPS investors are saying about the stock right now.
|Headquarters (founded)||White Plains, N.Y. (1995)|
|Market Cap||$4.5 billion|
|Trailing-12-Month Revenue||$3.8 billion|
|Management||CEO Gretchen McClain
CFO Michael Speetzen
|Trailing-12-Month Return on Equity||11.7%|
|Cash/Debt||$358.0 million / $1.2 billion|
Sources: S&P Capital IQ and Motley Fool CAPS.
On CAPS, 96% of the 50 members who have rated Xylem believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward.
Trading at a fairly reasonable P/E for an industry that I can only see demand growing for as the world population goes up, up, up and old infrastructure throughout much of the developed world continues to degrade. They also appear to have a big opportunity in treating fracking water waste. ... Leverage is modest ... cash flows aren't too shabby. ... Looks like a buy and hold, hold, hold to me!
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