Based on the aggregated intelligence of 135,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, specialty wire and cable distributor Houston Wire & Cable Company (NASDAQ:HWCC) has earned a coveted five-star ranking.

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

Houston Wire facts

Headquarters (founded)

Houston (1975)

Market Cap

$197.64 million


Industrial Equipment Wholesale

Trailing-12-Month Revenue

$337.3 million


President/CEO Charles Sorrentino (since 1998)

CFO Nicol Graham (since 1997)

Return on Capital (average, last three years)


Dividend Yield


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

Over on CAPS, 448 of the 464 members who have rated Houston Wire -- some 96.5% -- believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bulls include MavenPicker and All-Star TSIF, who is ranked in the top 1% of our community.

Three weeks ago, MavenPicker tapped Houston Wire as a stock particularly wired for success: "Great financials, highly efficient, great profitability in an important industry. PE suggests oversold."

In a pitch from one day earlier, TSIF also got in on the high wire act:

In my mind too much of the stimulus was taxpayer and programs and not nearly enough infrastructure, but Houston Wire should benefit. They have a very solid customer connection for specialty wire and cable parts that can't be had easily anywhere else. Their 99% on-time delivery, distribution system, and manufacturing ability … is a huge plus if bids get awarded to companies that have to "hustle". Besides the current demand, they are a big "player" in water infrastructure, which is estimated to need a serious overhaul very quickly or serious leakage will occur.

… With margins sustained and ROE > 25% it appears to me that this is one small cap that you can get charged up about.

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Fool contributor Brian Pacampara owns no position in any of the companies mentioned. MSC Industrial is a Motley Fool Stock Advisor selection. Chesapeake is a choice of Inside Value, and the Fool owns shares of it. The Fool's disclosure policy always gets a perfect score.