Based on the aggregated intelligence of 115,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, engineering and construction company Chicago Bridge & Iron (NYSE:CBI) has earned a respected four-star ranking. Five-star stocks have been the best performers, but 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 Chicago Bride & Iron's business and see what CAPS investors are saying about the stock right now.

Chicago Bridge & Iron facts

Headquarters (Founded)

The Hague, Netherlands (1889)

Market Cap

$2.26 Billion


Construction and Engineering

Trailing-12-Month Revenue

$5.36 Billion


CEO Philip Asherman (Since 2006)

CFO Ronald Ballschmiede (Since 2006)

Return on Equity (Average, Past Three Years)


Close Competitors

Fluor (NYSE:FLR)

Foster Wheeler (NASDAQ:FWLT)

CAPS Members Bullish on CBI Also Bullish on:


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CAPS Members Bearish on CBI Also Bearish on:


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

Over on CAPS, fully 207 of 216 of the All-Star members who have rated Chicago Bridge & Iron -- some 96% -- believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward. These All-Star bulls include a pair of my fellow Fools, TMFBreakerJava and TMFDeej, both of whom are ranked in the top 1% of our community.

In June, TMFBreakerJava noted: "Chicago Bridge & Iron … is neither Chicago based nor a bridge company, is a play on energy infrastructure, a very solid bet these days IMO. ... With more than half its business outside [North America], it is insulated against the slowdown here and exposed to the rapid growth in Asia and elsewhere."

An earlier pitch from TMFDeej in February shares that bullish spirit. Our CAPS member cites the stock's falling price (which has since continued to slide) as a possible bargain opportunity. Here's an excerpt from the much longer (and detailed!) pitch:

It's not a bridge builder from Chicago, but it is an excellent investment opportunity. ... Chicago Bridge & Iron is a company that has been performing great, which serves a rapidly growing industry, generates tremendous amount of cash that it uses to buy back shares ... and make solid acquisitions (most recently Lummis), yet is available at a much cheaper price today than it was only a few short months ago despite the fact that nothing has changed. I believe this is a winning combination.

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