Based on the aggregated intelligence of 115,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, construction equipment maker Terex (NYSE:TEX) has earned a coveted five-star ranking. Our data has shown that five-star stocks outperform the market by a significant margin; conversely, one-star stocks have woefully lagged the market average.

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

Terex facts


Headquarters (Founded)

Westport, Connecticut (1925)

Market Cap

$4.68 billion


Farm and Construction Machinery

TTM Revenue

$10.08 billion


CEO Ronald DeFeo (since 1995)

COO Thomas Riordan (since 2007)

Return on Equity (avg. last three yrs.)


Major Competitors

Caterpillar (NYSE:CAT)

Deere (NYSE:DE)

CAPS members bullish on TEX also bullish on

General Electric (NYSE:GE)

Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold (NYSE:FCX)

CAPS members bearish on TEX also bearish on

Manitowoc (NYSE:MTW)

ConocoPhillips (NYSE:COP)

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

Over on CAPS, fully 356 of 363 of the All-Star members who have rated Terex -- some 98% -- believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward. These All-Star bulls include ww2004 and TMFDeej, both of whom are ranked in the top 10% of our community.

In April, ww2004 noted that Terex "is another global infrastructure, mining and material processing equipment play. Terex has good earnings and growth with a low P/E. I like the recent insider purchases."

A more recent pitch from TMFDeej late last month follows that bullish line of thinking, expanding on the stock's bargain-like valuation:

The manufacturer of construction and mining equipment has been firing on all cylinders lately. It's earnings were up 40% last quarter and its EPS ($2.32) beat analysts' estimates by a whopping $0.32. That's some amazing growth for a company that is currently trading at an estimated seven times its 2008 earnings.

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