Based on the aggregated intelligence of 135,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, electrical supplies distributor WESCO International (NYSE:WCC) has earned a respected four-star ranking.

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

WESCO facts

Headquarters (founded)

Pittsburgh (1988)

Market Cap

$1.02 billion


Electronics Wholesale

TTM Revenue

$5.4 billion


CEO Roy Haley (since 1994)
CFO Stephen Van Oss (since 2000)

Return on Equity (average, last three years)



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

Over on CAPS, fully 188 of the 195 members who have rated WESCO -- some 96% -- believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bulls include All-Star mrindependent, who is ranked in the top 3% of our community, and notzia.

Just last week, mrindependent noted that as "a provider of electrical construction products, Wesco International should benefit from a recovery in the worldwide economy." Our CAPS All-Star concludes: "It looks like a reasonable value even though it has increased quite a bit from its March lows."

In a pitch from the same day, notzia also offered an electric analysis. Here's an excerpt:

WESCO International, Inc. (WCC) is a provider of electrical construction products and electrical and industrial maintenance, repair and operating supplies (MRO).

The EPS has shown solid growth over the last eight years, with a compounded annual rate of 42%. Although the free cash flow has been positive throughout this time, it has fluctuated substantially; the last four years have been far better than the earlier four. In general, the return on equity (ROE) has been increasing from the [15%] evidenced in 2001 to the [35%] found in 2007; in 2008, it fell to the more pedestrian [31%].

Based on value and safety, I think [WESCO] has good investment potential.

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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, Johnson & Johnson is an Income Investor choice, and GigaMedia is a recommendation of Rule Breakers. The Fool's disclosure policy always gets a perfect score.