Based on the aggregated intelligence of 115,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, agribusiness giant Archer Daniels Midland (NYSE:ADM) 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 ADM's business, and see what CAPS investors are saying about the stock right now.

ADM facts

Headquarters (Founded)

Decatur, Illinois (1898)

Market Cap

$11.13 billion


Agricultural Products

TTM Revenue

$69.82 billion


CEO Patricia Woertz (since April 2006)
CFO Steven Mills (since March 2008)

Return on Equity (average last three years)



Bunge (NYSE:BG)
Corn Products International (NYSE:CPO)

CAPS members bullish on ADM also bullish on

General Electric (NYSE:GE)
Chesapeake Energy (NYSE:CHK)

CAPS members bearish on ADM also bearish on

VeraSun Energy (NYSE:VSE)
Citigroup (NYSE:C)

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

Over on CAPS, fully 276 of the 306 All-Star members who have rated ADM -- some 90% -- believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward. These All-Star bulls include FargoWizard and BigDMan64, both of whom are ranked in the top 2% of our community.

In August, FargoWizard displayed a balanced bullish attitude: "Stock has a low p/e and should benefit from the demand for corn, soybeans, and other agricultural products. The only possible downside is it's play in ethanol."

An excerpt from an earlier pitch by BigDMan64 agrees with that line of thinking, elaborating on the stock's long-term tailwinds

... with the prospect for agricultural and its products more bullish than in memorable history, and demand for food expected to increase by 50% by 2030, ADM is positioned perfectly to take advantage of this opportunity and owning ADM and holding long term will allow its investors to participate in the agriculture bull market with a lean management team that has a history for more than 40 years of capitalizing on any market environment, but particularly the volatile, schizophrenic markets that we have seen for the last year and should expect to see more of down the road.

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Fool contributor Brian Pacampara owns no position in any of the companies mentioned. Chesapeake Energy is a Motley Fool Inside Value recommendation. The Fool's disclosure policy always gets a perfect score.