Based on the aggregated intelligence of 125,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, heavy equipment giant Caterpillar (NYSE:CAT) has earned a respected four-star ranking.

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

Caterpillar facts

Headquarters (founded)

Peoria, Illinois (1925)

Market Cap

$18.60 billion


Construction and Farm Machinery and Heavy Trucks

TTM Revenue

$51.32 billion


Chairman/CEO James Owens (since 2004)

CFO David Burritt (since 2005)

Return on Equity (average last three years)


Dividend Yield



Deere (NYSE:DE),

Terex (NYSE:TEX)

CAPS members bullish on CAT also bullish on

General Electric (NYSE:GE),

Altria Group (NYSE:MO)

CAPS members bearish on CAT also bearish on

Ford Motor (NYSE:F),

Bank of America (NYSE:BAC)

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

Over on CAPS, fully 771 of the 856 All-Star members who have rated Caterpillar -- some 90% -- believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bulls include Southie1967 and JBouchard, both of whom are ranked in the top 20% of our community.

Last month, Southie1967 tapped Caterpillar as a constructive way to play the infrastructure game: "The Obama administration stimulus package will focus specifically on infrastructure, which will create jobs and demand in the construction industry. [Caterpillar] will be rewarded."

In a pitch from last week, JBouchard follows that bullish line of thinking:

Graham formula gives me a fair value of $46.75 using current EPS ($6.02) and book value ($15.99). Using the more conservatives EPS from 2005 ($4.20), I get a fair value of almost $39. That gives me a margin of safety between 10% and 25%.

There will be massive injection of cash into infrastructure restoration and rebuilding to fight off the recession, which should be a positive factor for Caterpillar. That will be more than offset, though, by decreased investment in the mining and oil sectors. ... And the time to buy a solid company like Cat is when things are dire.

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Fool contributor Brian Pacampara owns no position in any of the companies mentioned. Bank of America is a former Motley Fool Income Investor pick. The Fool owns shares of Terex. The Fool's disclosure policy always gets a perfect score.