Based on the aggregated intelligence of 130,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, agribusiness giant Archer Daniels Midland (NYSE:ADM) has earned a respected four-star ranking.

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

ADM facts

Headquarters (founded)

Decatur, Ill. (1898)

Market Cap

$16.37 billion


Agricultural products

Trailing-12-Month Revenue

$74.46 billion


CEO Patricia Woertz (since 2006)
CFO Steven Mills (since 2008)

Return on Equity (average, last three years)


Dividend Yield



Corn Products International

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

Over on CAPS, fully 1,730 of the 1,848 members who have rated ADM -- some 94% -- believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bulls include unvrsldeflation and TimoDOZ.

Last week, unvrsldeflation tapped ADM as a particularly timely opportunity:

I am picking this stock on the day it has announced poor earnings and been hit with a big sell-off. Certainly ADM's commitment to ethanol has played a role in its poor earnings statement alongside a general global slowdown in farmer's ability to borrow so as to purchase from them. Seems to me, however, that around harvest time when the crop isn't so good there will be renewed interest in this stock. By then it will be too late to jump on for a gain.

In a pitch from three days ago, TimoDOZ takes a top-down approach toward ADM:

The main thing that has held this stock back is the ethanol segment. … We expect higher gasoline over the next 2 operating quarters combined with the US dollar weakening in reaction to unsustainable fiscal policy and poor [Treasury International Capital] reports becoming chronic. This will benefit the ethanol segment markedly. ADM has already begun a move off its recent bottoming due to reporting lousy 3rd qtr numbers. Most of this was due to a one time write down. ADM should begin to perform more in line with the AGs in general. DAG, Monsanto (NYSE:MON), [Dow Chemical (NYSE:DOW), and [ConAgra] have all been hitting on all cylinders ...

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