Why IBM Still Looks Solid

Based on the aggregated intelligence of 180,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, global IT solutions giant International Business Machines (NYSE: IBM  ) has earned a coveted four-star ranking.

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

IBM facts

Headquarters (founded)

Armonk, N.Y. (1910)

Market Cap

$233.2 billion

Industry

IT consulting and other services

Trailing-12-Month Revenue

$104.5 billion

Management

Chairman/CEO Virginia Rometty

CFO Mark Loughridge

Return on Capital (average, past 3 years)

25.8%

Cash/Debt

$11.2 billion / $33.3 billion

Dividend Yield

1.6%

Competitors

Accenture

Hewlett-Packard 

Microsoft

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

On CAPS, 91% of the 4,769 members who have rated IBM believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward.

Just yesterday, one of those bulls, Motley Fool Co-Founder David Gardner (TMFSpiffyPop), tapped IBM as a particularly solid selection:

Nobody ever went wrong buying IBM (stock, for the long term). An amazing company by almost any standard I can think of. That said, this won't be hitting my Stock Advisor scorecard anytime soon, I don't think, as there are just too many other companies I can foresee outperforming this one. But it's still darn good enough for one of my green thumbs! Outperform.

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