Based on the aggregated intelligence of 140,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, defense contracting giant Lockheed Martin (NYSE:LMT) has earned a respected four-star ranking.

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

Lockheed facts

Headquarters (Founded)

Bethesda, Md. (1909)

Market Cap

$30.78 billion


Aerospace and defense

Trailing-12-Month Revenue

$43.32 billion


CEO Robert Stevens (since 2004)
CFO Bruce Tanner (since 2007)

Return on Equity (Average, Past 3 Years)


Cash / Debt

$2.67 billion / $3.81 billion

Dividend Yield



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

On CAPS, 94% of the 1,477 members who have rated Lockheed believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bulls include DantaSparda and All-Star jaimikpatel, who is ranked in the top 20% of our community.

Three weeks ago, DantaSparda tapped Lockheed as a "defensive" way to play defense:

Lockheed is probably the best defense contractor out there. I have worked for several and was always pleased with how they treat their employees. … That aside, the stock has taken quite a hit, but the solid dividend makes it a good buy. Defense contractors will always be around and Lockheed will lead the way.

In a pitch from last month, jaimikpatel also helped Fools lock in on Lockheed:

Long term, as the world returns to a multi-polar system where the U.S. only maintains a preponderance of power and not sole superpower (or hyperpower) status, defense budgets will only increase to ease concern at home, regardless of threat. Lockheed is a key player in many major subsectors within the defense industry, and will capitalize enormously from increased spending. Another plus is that maintenance and replacement of over-used equipment from Iraq and Afghanistan will be a major business in the coming decade. A stable dividend is the cherry on top.

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Fool contributor Brian Pacampara owns no position in any of the companies mentioned. Johnson & Johnson is a Motley Fool Income Investor pick. Dell and Starbucks are Inside Value selections. Starbucks is also a choice of Stock Advisor, and the Fool owns shares of it. The Fool's disclosure policy always gets a perfect score.