Why Deere Is Poised to Leap Forward

Based on the aggregated intelligence of 180,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, farm equipment maker Deere (NYSE: DE  ) has earned a respected four-star ranking.  

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

Deere facts

Headquarters (founded)

Moline, Ill. (1837)

Market Cap

$34.8 billion

Industry

Farm and construction machinery

Trailing-12-Month Revenue

$36.8 billion

Management

Chairman/CEO Samuel Allen

CFO Rajesh Kalathur

Return on Equity (average, past 3 years)

39.8%

Cash/Debt

$4.2 billion / $32.7 billion

Dividend Yield

2.2%

Competitors

Caterpillar

CNH Global

Kubota

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

On CAPS, 96% of the 2,895 members who have rated Deere believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward.

Just yesterday, one of those Fools, bobbyabull, succinctly summed up the Deere bull case for our community:

Agriculture AND infrastructure are two great places to be long term. Famous, well respected company that pays a decent dividend. It's hard to beat the S&P and there's a good case to be made just to buy some SPY every so often. But if you enjoy owning individual stocks (like I do) Deere is an excellent choice. [Warren Buffett] agrees, by the way. P/E, PEG are reasonable.

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