Based on the aggregated intelligence of 110,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, industrial behemoth General Electric (NYSE:GE) has earned a respected four-star ranking. While five-star stocks have been the best performers, our data has shown that four-star stocks still outshine the market by a significant margin and shouldn't be taken lightly; conversely, low-rated stocks have woefully lagged the market average.

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

GE facts:


Fairfield, Connecticut (1892)

Market Cap

$278.89 billion



TTM Revenue

$180.38 billion


CEO Jeffrey Immelt (since 2001);

CFO Keith Sherin (since 1998)

Return on Equity (avg. last three years)


CAPS members bullish on GE also bullish on


Johnson & Johnson (NYSE:JNJ),

Cisco Systems (NASDAQ:CSCO)

CAPS members bearish on GE also bearish on

Ford Motor (NYSE:F),

Microsoft (NYSE:MSFT),


Sources: Capital IQ, a division of Standard & Poor's, and Motley Fool CAPS. TTM = trailing 12 months.

Over on CAPS, fully 1,640 of 1,745 of the All-Star members who have rated GE -- some 94% -- believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward. These All-Star bulls include HARTLESS63 and my fellow Fool TMFDitty, both of whom are ranked in the top 5% of our community.

In May, HARTLESS63 noted that GE is a "well diversified powerhouse of a company making everything from light bulbs to jet engines. GE will benefit from weakened dollar with an increase in exports."

Two weeks later, TMFDitty echoed that bullish sentiment, focusing on the bargain-like opportunity that the shares seem to be providing:

I know, I know. The chances that I'm seeing something in as hi-profile a stock as GE, that the rest of the world is missing, are just about nil. Regardless, I'm looking at a dominant media and industrial titan here, selling for 10x trailing free cash flow, expected to grow at 11% going forward, and paying nearly a 4% dividend.

What can I say? It all looks very cheap to me, and I can't help but be a buyer here.

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Foolish contributor Brian Pacampara owns no position in any of the companies mentioned. The Fool's disclosure policy always gets a perfect score.