Based on the aggregated intelligence of 130,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, defense contracting giant Lockheed Martin (NYSE:LMT) has earned a respected four-star ranking.

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

Lockheed facts 

Headquarters (founded)

Bethesda, Md. (1909)

Market Cap

$22.86 billion


Aerospace and defense

TTM Revenue

$42.73 billion


Chairman, President, and CEO Bob Stevens (since February 2009)

CFO Bruce Tanner (since September 2007)

Return on Capital (average, last three years)


Dividend Yield



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

Over on CAPS, 1,327 of the 1,410 members who have rated Lockheed -- or 94% -- believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bulls include All-Star Joker1001, who is ranked in the top 2% of our community, and bigtank1982.

In December, Joker1001 tapped the stock as a "top flight" pick:

Between the F-22, the F-35, and the C-130 Lockheed should be making plenty of profitable planes for many years to come. Obama administration shouldn't change much over the next few years or so as existing contracts will still be in effect and F-35 seems to be the plane of the future.

In a pitch from late January, bigtank1982 shares some aerial insight into the company:

I am currently in the [United States Air Force] and have not only worked on, but trust [Lockheed Martin] technology. I started out working on the C-141b Starlifter. It was at the time the workhorse of the Air Force delivering Cargo and Troops around the world. I now occasionally work on the C-5 Galaxy. With the new modernization of this fleet, it will add at least 20 years to the already 40 year old airframes. But aircraft are not the only systems [Lockheed] has its hands in. They are delving into just about every technology, as they aquire more and more companies.

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