Why 3M Is Poised to Outperform

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Based on the aggregated intelligence of 180,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, diversified technology company 3M (NYSE: MMM  ) has earned a coveted five-star ranking.

With that in mind, let's take a closer look at 3M, and see what CAPS investors are saying about the stock right now.

3M facts



Headquarters (founded)

St. Paul, Minn. (1902)

Market Cap

$62.9 billion


Industrial conglomerates

Trailing-12-Month Revenue

$29.6 billion


Chairman/CEO Inge Thulin

CFO David Meline

Return on Equity (average, past 3 years)



$5.0 billion / $6.4 billion

Dividend Yield



Avery Dennison (NYSE: AVY  )

DuPont (NYSE: DD  )

Johnson & Johnson (NYSE: JNJ  )

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

On CAPS, 97% of the 4,583 members who have rated 3M believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward.

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

[3M] is like a coiled spring. For the past 8 years, the stock price has remained stagnant, while the intrinsic value keeps growing and growing. Like clockwork, [3M's] return on invested capital comes [is] consistently around 20% while its weighted cost of capital comes in around 6%. ... [3M's] price will eventually have to catch up to the fundamentals. Outperform.

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  • Report this Comment On December 10, 2012, at 2:49 PM, iatech wrote:

    other Fool expert says avoid 3M. Here you are saying it will outperform. Really dont know who to believe any more. Just check the other article in under MMM stock details in yhoo finance

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