Based on the aggregated intelligence of 130,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, aircraft components maker Precision Castparts (NYSE:PCP) has earned a coveted five-star ranking.

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

Precision facts

Headquarters (founded)

Portland, Ore. (1949)

Market Cap

$10.82 billion


Aerospace and Defense

TTM Revenue

$6.83 billion


CEO Mark Donegan (since 2002)

CFO Shawn Hagel (since 2008)

Return on Equity (average, last three years)



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CAPS members bullish on PCP also bullish on:



CAPS members bearish on PCP also bearish on:

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

Over on CAPS, 1,292 of the 1,317 members who have rated Precision -- or 98% -- believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bulls include All-Stars mtracy9 and TSIF, both of whom are ranked in the top 20% of our community.

In late March, mtracy9 wrote that Precision "has the reserves needed to weather the current economic storm." Our All-Star concludes: "As the economy begins to recover and as the Boeing (NYSE:BA) company begins to fill orders in 2010 for its Dreamliner commercial airplane, this company and its stock price should recover nicely."

In a pitch from last week, TSIF taps Precision as a solid way to play defense:

Precision Castparts Corp. continues to show that you can be in an industry that is affected by a recession, and if you are well managed and have a nice moat, you can still come out ahead. By specializing in complex components and special orders [Precision] has managed to keep its margins up and its balance sheets going up. Income year over year is down less than 10% in a business that is highly linked to aerospace, defense, as well as mining, construction and the dreaded automotive. ... Overall, coming out of a recession, it will be hard to beat companies such as Precision Castparts who showed their metal even in the worse of economic times.

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