Based on the aggregated intelligence of 130,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, electric motor maker Baldor Electric (NYSE:BEZ) has earned a respected four-star ranking.

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

Baldor facts

Headquarters (founded)

Fort Smith, Arkansas (1920)

Market Cap

$761.79 million


Industrial electrical equipment

TTM Revenue

$1.95 billion


CEO John McFarland (since 2000)

CFO George Moschner (since 2007)

Return on Equity (over 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, 203 of the 213 members who have rated Baldor -- or 95% -- believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bulls include Bjhammonds and dcrednek.

In late January, Bjhammonds wrote that Baldor "is making profits and developing new types of motors that will make money for the future. They are a solid company." Our CAPS member continues: "They are buying new companies and growing which will position them to be the best in their market. I know it is down right now but it is going to do great within the next several months!"

In a pitch from February, dcrednek shares that contrarian sentiment:

[Baldor] shows strong fundamentals, and solid & fairly predictable growth. ... EPS are going to take a big hit in '09 but if they can resume their 10-yr CAGR of 6.6% then it's reasonable to assume that the current price contains a generous margin of safety. My only major concern is the debt burden, and I hope that [Baldor] will make deleveraging a priority over the next 3-5 years. If so, then this manufacturer of electric motors, generators, and power transmission products will be the sort of company that a long-term investor wants to buy and hold for the long term.

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