Based on the aggregated intelligence of 125,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, maintenance and repair supplies distributor MSC Industrial Direct (NYSE:MSM) 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 woefully lag the market average.

With that in mind, let's take a closer look at MSC's business, and see what CAPS investors are saying about the stock.

MSC facts

Headquarters (founded)

Melville, N.Y. (1941)

Market Cap

$2.17 billion


Industrial Equipment Wholesale

TTM Revenue

$1.78 billion


CEO David Sandler (since 2005)

CFO Charles Boehlke (since 2000)

Return on Equity (average, last three years)


Dividend Yield



W.W. Grainger (NYSE:GWW),

Fastenal (NASDAQ:FAST)

CAPS members bullish on MSM also bullish on:

Cemex (NYSE:CX),

Johnson & Johnson (NYSE:JNJ)

CAPS members bearish on MSM also bearish on:


Capital One Financial (NYSE:COF)

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

Over on CAPS, 97% of the 417 members who have rated MSC Industrial believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bulls include Jeffreyw and wuff3t.

In November, Jeffreyw highlighted the stock as a tasty turnaround bet: "Industry will lead the recovery and MSC [Industrial] has a great variety of products and wide consumer base to meet the demand."

In a more recent pitch from last month, wuff3t shares that contrarian spirit and writes:

During a recession, better-run companies should be able to eat up market share as smaller or weaker rivals go under. In what seems to be a very fragmented market sector this should be all the more true. Add to that the stimulus package and projected infrastructure program to create jobs and wealth - which everyone wants to see working as soon as possible - and I see a lot of potential ahead for [MSC Industrial] to grow their business.

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Fool contributor Brian Pacampara owns no position in any of the companies mentioned. MSC Industrial, NVIDIA, and Cemex are all Motley Fool Stock Advisor picks. Cemex is also a Global Gains selection, and the Fool owns shares of it. Johnson & Johnson is a choice of Income Investor. The Fool's disclosure policy always gets a perfect score.