5-Star Stocks Poised to Pop: Caterpillar

Based on the aggregated intelligence of 180,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, heavy equipment giant Caterpillar (NYSE: CAT  ) has earned a coveted five-star ranking.

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

Caterpillar facts

Headquarters (founded)

Peoria, Ill. (1925)

Market Cap

$54.1 billion

Industry

Construction and farm machinery

Trailing-12-Month Revenue

$67.0 billion

Management

Chairman/CEO Douglas Oberhelman

CFO Edward Rapp

Return on Equity (average, past 3 years)

32.2%

Cash/Debt

$5.7 billion / $39.9 billion

Dividend Yield

2.4%

Competitors

CNH Global (NYSE: CNH  )

Deere (NYSE: DE  )

Terex (NYSE: TEX  )

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

On CAPS, 94% of the 6,002 members who have rated Caterpillar believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward.

Earlier this month, one of those Fools, bjm1000, succinctly summed up the Caterpillar bull case for our community: "Market leader, great reputation and brand, tremendous growth opportunities overseas, and somewhat beaten down by economic uncertainty, drought, etc. P/E under 10, 2+% dividend yield, hard for me to see why [Caterpillar] doesn't have double digit annual growth potential over the next 5 years."

Of course, that short pitch doesn't even come close to telling the entire story of Caterpillar. You're in luck though. The Fool's brand new premium report on Caterpillar tells all sides of the story for one of the most powerful industrial companies in the world. You can grab your copy, which comes with free updates for 12 months, by just clicking here.

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