Based on the aggregated intelligence of 120,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, heavy-equipment maker Manitowoc (NYSE:MTW) 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 Manitowoc's business, and see what CAPS investors are saying about the stock right now.

Manitowoc facts

Headquarters (founded)

Manitowoc, Wisconsin (1853)

Market Cap

$1.13 billion


Construction farm machinery and heavy trucks

TTM Revenue

$4.65 billion


CEO Glen Tellock (since 2007)

CFO Carl Laurino (since 2004)

Return on Equity (average last three years)



Hitachi (NYSE:HIT),

Terex (NYSE:TEX)

CAPS members bullish on MTW also bullish on

General Electric (NYSE:GE),


CAPS members bearish on MTW also bearish on

Caterpillar (NYSE:CAT),

General Motors (NYSE:GM)

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

Over on CAPS, 1,391 of the 1,425 members who have rated Manitowoc -- some 98% -- believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bulls include CAPS All-Star ldooley and trexmoney.

Last week, ldooley tapped Manitowoc as an ideal way to play the president-elect's spending plans:

Obama is going to go for a job based stimulus. That's infrastructure and other building. That makes this a good bet.

In a pitch from earlier this week, trexmoney echoes that logic, citing the stock's current valuation as a perfect place to pounce:

Way,way ,way oversold. [Manitowoc] has made a nice move in the last few weeks, but it has so much upside at this price level.

It should be [higher] by the middle of 09, another way to play the infrastructure spending bills that Obama will push for.

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