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

Nucor facts

Headquarters (founded)

Charlotte, N.C. (1940)

Market Cap

$14.4 billion



Trailing-12-Month Revenue

$23.9 billion


CEO Daniel DiMicco (since 2000)

CFO Terry Lisenby (since 2000)

Return on Equity (average last three years)


Dividend Yield



United States Steel (NYSE:X),


CAPS members bullish on NUE also bullish on:

Vale (NYSE:RIO),

Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold (NYSE:FCX)

CAPS members bearish on NUE also bearish on:

ArcelorMittal (NYSE:MT),

General Motors (NYSE:GM)

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

Over on CAPS, some 96% of the 1,535 members who have rated Nucor believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bulls include DrDinoTX and CAPS All-Star MagicDiligence.

Two days ago, DrDinoTX tapped Nucor as a particularly timely pick:

Great company with outstanding management. Their low operating leverage is terrific for this tough economic environment. Plus a large cash balance gives this company acquisition possibilities.

In a pitch from last week, MagicDiligence elaborated on the Nucor bull case. Below is an excerpt, but be sure to check out the entire analysis here:

Predictably, Nucor's formula for success in a tough industry mirrors that of Dell (DELL), Southwest Airlines (LUV), and Wal-Mart (WMT) in similarly difficult markets - by consistently being the low cost provider. In Nucor's case, the low cost advantage has been achieved through consistently doing things better than competitors. ... The dollar is strengthening, making foreign steelmakers more competitive. Still, Nucor has a track record of great results, and this record is likely to continue into the future.

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