Based on the aggregated intelligence of 130,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, hydrogen and helium supplier Air Products & Chemicals (NYSE:APD) has earned a respected four-star ranking.

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

Air Products facts

Headquarters (founded)

Trexlertown, Pa. (1940)

Market Cap

$13.13 billion


Industrial Gases

Trailin-12-Month Revenue

$9.62 billion


CEO John McGlade (since 2007)

CFO Paul Huck (since 2004)

Return on Equity (average, last three years)


Dividend Yield



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Sources: Capital IQ, a division of Standard & Poor's, and Motley Fool CAPS.

Over on CAPS, fully 575 of the 595 members who have rated Air Products -- some 97% -- believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bulls include All-Star FinancialPeace, who is ranked in the top 10% of our community, and preacher106rps.

In February, FinancialPeace aired out this simple bull case on Air Products: "Well positioned in a niche market. When demand picks back up this stock will take off again. And pays a decent dividend while you wait. Long term winner for your portfolio."

In a pitch from last month, preacher106rps also likes the stock for its atmospheric potential:

Air Products and Chemicals is THE MAJOR PLAYER worldwide for Hydrogen Technology and Fueling. Hydrogen fuel cells are NON-polluting with distilled water being its by-product. Many scientists believe Hydrogen fuel cells will become the source of electricity for heating/cooling our homes as well as the power source for automobiles.

[Air Products] already has Hydrogen fueling stations in Maryland and California and even tested a Mobile Hydrogen Fueling Station last summer in a cross-country trial of Hydrogen Fuel Cell-powered cars.

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Fool contributor Brian Pacampara owns no position in any of the companies mentioned. Air Products and Johnson & Johnson are Motley Fool Income Investor picks. Philip Morris International is a choice of Global Gains. The Fool's disclosure policy always gets a perfect score.