Based on the aggregated intelligence of 115,000 investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, defense contracting giant Lockheed Martin (NYSE:LMT) 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 Lockheed Martin's business, and see what CAPS investors are saying about the stock right now.

Lockheed facts

Headquarters (Founded)

Bethesda, Maryland (1909)

Market Cap

$44.8 billion


Aerospace & Defense

TTM Revenue

$42.96 billion


CEO Robert Stevens (since 2004)
CFO Bruce Tanner (since 2007)

Return on Equity (avg. last three years)


CAPS members bullish on LMT also bullish on

Johnson & Johnson (NYSE:JNJ)

CAPS members bearish on LMT also bearish on

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Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT)

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

Over on CAPS, fully 356 of the 370 All-Star members who have rated Lockheed -- some 96% -- believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward. These All-Star bulls include NeroSagetrade and valuwarrior, who are both ranked in the top 20% of our community.

In 2007, NeroSagetrade noted that: 

[Lockheed] is another one of those perfect examples of how slow and steady gets it done. Lockheed is a lock (no pun intended) for getting a 2-3 billion dollar contract every few years. The government will always keep Lockheed busy and management knows how to lead Lockheed in the right direction.

A more recent pitch from valuwarrior in January of this year shared that bullish sentiment, listing many of Lockheed's leading services:

Best-in-class, leading-edge aviation programs needed by every U.S. service and tons of allies. Space programs set the platinum standard. Biggest U.S. Govt IT provider. Oh, I forgot, LMT does [intel], NASA and classified programs, as well! Defense and post-war recapitalization will continue to feed healthy growth.

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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.