Based on the aggregated intelligence of 140,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, design and engineering software specialist Autodesk (NASDAQ:ADSK) has earned a respected four-star ranking.

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

Autodesk facts

Headquarters (Founded)

San Rafael, Calif. (1982)

Market Cap

$5.8 billion


Application software

Trailing-12-Month Revenue

$1.94 billion


CEO Carl Bass (since May 2006)
CFO Mark Hawkins (since April 2009)

Return on Capital (Average, Past 3 Years)


Cash / Debt

$936.4 million / $0


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

On CAPS, 93% of the 781 members who have rated Autodesk believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bulls include desmondvernon and NollierCapMgmt.

A few months ago desmondvernon offered some firsthand insight into Autodesk's advantages: "I use AutoCAD on a daily basis at work in the heavy construction business. In my opinion no other software comes close to providing the flexibility and functionality that I need from drafting/design application."

In an earlier pitch, NollierCapMgmt also advised Fools to profit by design:

[Autodesk] is a cash cow which generates a ton of [free cash flow]. Additionally, it sports no debt. Its competitive advantage or moat is its [Computer Aided Design] software which helps to promote high switching costs. [Autodesk] is very good at annuitizing its business. However, it is not immune or insulated from the global recession but will weather the storm far better than its competitors.

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Fool contributor Brian Pacampara owns no position in any of the companies mentioned. Apple is a Motley Fool Stock Advisor selection, Google is a Rule Breakers pick, and Johnson & Johnson is a choice of Income Investor. The Fool owns shares of Autodesk. The Fool's disclosure policy always gets a perfect score.