Based on the aggregated intelligence of 125,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, fiber-optic wire and cable maker General Cable (NYSE:BGC) 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 General Cable's business and see what CAPS investors are saying about the stock right now.

General Cable facts

Headquarters (Founded)

Highland Heights, Ky. (1992)

Market Cap

$885.35 Million


Electrical Components and Equipment

Trailing-12-Month Revenue

$6.24 Billion


CEO Gregory Kenny (Since 2001)

CFO Brian Robinson (Since 2007)

Return on Equity (Average, Past Three Years)



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CAPS Members Bullish on BGC Also Bullish on:


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CAPS Members Bearish on BGC Also Bearish on:

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

On CAPS, 600 of the 624 members who have rated General Cable -- 96% -- believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bulls include Wickaman and CAPS All-Star spartankicker15.

Last week, Wickaman made this rather simple, but sound, infrastructure-based prediction: "See this shoot up in the next 3 years due to older cables being replaced by fiber optic cables (the new standard)."

In a pitch from late last month, spartankicker agreed and elaborated on General Cable's several long-term tailwinds:

Bought with real money at $18 and am hurting, but I still love the long-term prospects for BGC. Our nation's grid needs a lot of TLC, and they stand to benefit. They have a fantastic world footprint ... positions in China, India and Brazil should pay handsomely once the recession slows.

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