Based on the aggregated intelligence of 135,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, defense contractor General Dynamics (NYSE:GD) has earned a respected four-star ranking.

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

General Dynamics facts

Headquarters (founded)

Falls Church, Va. (1899)

Market Cap

$22.81 billion


Aerospace and Defense

Trailing-12-Month Revenue

$30.56 billion


Chairman/CEO Nicholas Chabraja (since 1997)

CFO Hugh Redd (since 2006)

Compound Annual Revenue Growth (over last five years)


Dividend Yield



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CAPS Members Bullish on GD Also Bullish on

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

Over on CAPS, fully 1,121 of the 1,172 members who have rated General Dynamics -- some 96% -- believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bulls include my fellow Fool Toby Shute (TMFSmashy), who is ranked in the top 0.2% of our community, and zk116.

In late February, Toby followed a certain superinvestor's lead into the stock:

Part of the defense industry oligopoly that Bruce Berkowitz is betting on. Consistently high ROE and strong free cash flow generator. Healthy balance sheet and dividends rising at a nice clip.

In a pitch from two months later, zk116 expands on General Dynamics as a safe way to play defense:

This sector is lagging during the past year but outperforming during the last five. A recovering economy bodes well for the industry. While this stock's price has suffered due to industry worries over the year, its earnings have still shown some growth. Dividend growth is also good sign of company strength.

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