Based on the aggregated intelligence of 130,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, steelmaker Nucor (NYSE:NUE) has earned a respected four-star ranking.

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

Nucor facts

Headquarters (founded)

Charlotte, N.C. (1940)

Market Cap

$13.45 billion



TTM Revenue

$23.66 billion


Chairman/CEO Daniel DiMicco
CFO Terry Lisenby

Return on Equity (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, 1,621 of the 1,685 members who have rated Nucor -- some 96% -- believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bulls include Lasergirl28 and All-Star MattH42004, who is ranked in the top 0.5% of our community.

In February, Lasergirl28 wrote that Nucor "has a very strong policy of building infrastructure improvements and training their team during production slowdowns-setting them up to be the frontrunners when the economy rebounds. They are doing this right now."

In a pitch from late January, MattH42004 shares that contrarian sentiment:

When the economic recovery comes Nucor should come out a big winner. First, the company has a tremendous balance sheet. … This will allow Nucor to finance it's own growth from inside the company, avoiding the loanshark rates of the current credit markets. Nucor also has by far the best management in the steel industry. It's not even close. They manage to keep costs down by using scrap metal, relying on more efficient mini-mills, and avoiding any union labor by using generous profit sharing, performance based pay, and avoiding the executive perks that ruin the culture of so many other companies. The current 3% yield is also nice and appears well covered.

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