4-Star Stocks Poised to Pop: Mueller Water

Based on the aggregated intelligence of 180,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, water infrastructure specialist Mueller Water Products (NYSE: MWA  ) has earned a respected four-star ranking.

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

Mueller Water facts

Headquarters (founded) Atlanta
Market Cap $738.5 million
Industry Industrial machinery
Trailing-12-Month Revenue $1.4 billion
Management Chairman/CEO Gregory Hyland (since 2007)
CFO Evan Hart (since 2008)
Return on Equity (average, past 3 years) (9.7%)
Cash/Debt $53.7 million / $622.8 million
Competitors American Cast Iron Pipe
McWane
Tyco International

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

On CAPS, 96% of the 1,463 members who have rated Mueller Water believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward.

Just last week, one of those Fools, djohn1969, summed up the situation for our community:

[S]till in turnaround mode since becoming an independent company so it has more room to run. Mueller Water is the unfortunate recipient of the most unlucky timing possible -- [Mueller] is exactly the kind of company that is most directly affected by macro-economic and housing market problems and was spun off from Walter Energy just in time for the worse housing and general economy collapse in many decades. So, how well [Mueller] will do going forward depends largely on how well our housing market and entire economy continue to recover. In other words, Mueller's recovery closely tracks that of the housing market and the economy as a whole so, if Mueller's turnaround doesn't continue, that will likely mean that we'll all have far worse problems to deal with than the price of our [Mueller] stock.

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  • Report this Comment On September 25, 2012, at 10:05 PM, DAG1996MF wrote:

    Thanks for considering my pitch worth repeating, Brian. If I were someone else reading it, I would probably ask "Why should I listen to this guy who has one of the worst CAPS scores ever?" Fool insiders can probably tell this without my explaining, but I'll explain for other readers. I started adding tickers to my CAPS page to use it as a watch list long before I realized how CAPS actually works or even noticed that it tallied scores. I've done far better once I started using CAPS right, but its near impossible to revive my horrible score despite a few 2-3 baggers.

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