Based on the aggregated intelligence of 130,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, Scotch Tape and Post-It Notes maker 3M (NYSE:MMM) has earned a respected four-star ranking.

With that in mind, let's take a closer look at 3M's business and see what CAPS investors are saying about the stock right now.

3M facts

Headquarters (founded)

St. Paul, Minn. (1902)

Market Cap

$40.54 billion



TTM Revenue

$25.27 billion


CEO George Buckley (since 2005)

CFO Patrick Campbell (since 2002)

Return on Equity (average, last three years)


Dividend Yield



Johnson & Johnson (NYSE:JNJ)

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CAPS members bullish on MMM also bullish on

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CAPS members bearish on MMM also bearish on

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Citigroup (NYSE:C)

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

Over on CAPS, fully 3,856 of the 3,984 members who have rated 3M -- some 97% -- believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bulls include luckybaer66 and All-Star PyschoDr, who is ranked in the top 6% of our community.

In late March, luckybaer66 tapped 3M as a highly diverse opportunity:

Diversified products and driven by operational efficiency and product innovation, 3M is a relative bargain that should be a solid core addition to any long-term portfolio. In addition to a diversified product portfolio, 3M boasts international diversification as well.

Last month, PsychoDr also posted a bull note on the Post-It purveyor:

Generates huge cash flow, even with a down market. Well diversified, nice low PE, and best of all, not really expected to blow the doors off with earnings. What [Jeremy Siegel] calls an El Dorado company. While I would never say a dividend is safe, the cash flow and the history indicate that [3M] is more likely than not to keep paying, and they might even raise it more. Price is extremely low for this company and they still have options to cut costs and mitigate the recession's impact on profit margin.

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Fool contributor Brian Pacampara owns no position in any of the companies mentioned. 3M is a Motley Fool Inside Value recommendation, Johnson & Johnson is an Income Investor pick, and Apple is a selection of Stock Advisor. The Fool's disclosure policy always gets a perfect score.