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

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

GE facts

Headquarters (founded)

Fairfield, Conn. (1892)

Market Cap

$125.03 billion


Industrial Conglomerates

Trailing-12-Month Revenue

$181.62 billion


Chairman/CEO Jeffrey Immelt

CFO Keith Sherin

Return on Equity (average, last three years)


Dividend Yield



Siemens (NYSE:SI)

United Technologies (NYSE:UTX)


CAPS members bullish on GE also bullish on

Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT)


CAPS members bearish on GE also bearish on

Citigroup (NYSE:C)

Sources: Capital IQ, a division of Standard & Poor's, and Motley Fool CAPS.

Over on CAPS, fully 2,872 of the 3,038 All-Star members who have rated GE -- some 94.5% -- believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bulls include TMFBreakerTAllan and jc09058, both of whom are ranked in the top 10% of our community.

Last week, TMFBreakerTAllan wrote that GE is "only one of a handful of companies that can compete in massive infrastructure projects for water and energy systems around the world. That and some diversification in its various divisions from washing machines to TV to movies." Our fellow Fool concludes, "The very depressed share price and dividend will recover with the market and GE will be positioned for global growth."

In a pitch from last month, jc09058 helps bring that good argument to life:

Excluding the financial side of GE, I find a solid well-performing company with serious growth potential. The company has retrenched itself into its core business areas of expertise as any good company should be doing right now. Based on the above, the share price for this company has been beaten down so badly, that it is a steal at this price. You have to love panic when it can drive share prices this low....

They are paying the price for bad investing by having a reduced share price for that mistake. Plus, the recent downgrade to AA has made for a nice slap in the face as a wakeup. …

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Fool contributor Brian Pacampara owns no position in any of the companies mentioned. Microsoft is a Motley Fool Inside Value pick. Apple is a Stock Advisor selection. The Fool's disclosure policy always gets a perfect score.