5-Star Mid-Cap Stocks Poised to Pop: MSC Industrial

Based on the aggregated intelligence of 180,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, metalworking products distributor MSC Industrial Direct (NYSE: MSM  ) has earned a coveted five-star ranking.

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

MSC facts

Headquarters (founded)

Melville, N.Y. (1941)

Market Cap

$4.4 billion

Industry

Trading companies and distributors

Trailing-12-Month Revenue

$2.4 billion

Management

CEO David Sandler

COO Erik Gershwind

Return on Equity (average, past 3 years)

21.5%

Cash/Debt

$168.5 million / $3.2 million

Dividend Yield

1.7%

Competitors

Align Aerospace

Applied Industrial Technologies (NYSE: AIT  )

W.W. Grainger (NYSE: GWW  )

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

On CAPS, 98% of the 496 members who have rated MSC believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward.

Just last month, one of those bulls, Binjiling, succinctly summed up the MSC bull case for our community: "Superbly run domestic company benefiting from industry consolidation and possibly richer mix of manufacturing coming back to the USA. There is cyclicality in the company, but long term, it is a grower."

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