Based on the aggregated intelligence of 145,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, Chart Industries (NASDAQ:GTLS) which makes equipment used in the production of hydrocarbon and industrial gas, has earned a coveted five-star ranking.

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

Chart facts


Garfield Heights, Ohio

Market Cap

$479.3 million


Industrial machinery

Trailing-12-Month Revenue

$650.14 million


CEO Samuel Thomas (since 2003)

CFO Michael Biehl (since 2001)

Return on Equity (Average, Past 3 Years)



$219.5 million / $243.2 million

Key Customers

ExxonMobil (NYSE:XOM)


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CAPS Members Bullish on GTLS Also Bullish on

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CAPS Members Bearish on GTLS Also Bearish on


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

On CAPS, 98% of the 340 members who have rated Chart believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bulls include bcnu6 and bbluemz.

Earlier this year, bcnu6 assisted Fools with some simple Chart analysis:

While the range of industries served by Chart is diverse, its product lines focus on "highly engineered equipment used in the production, storage and end-use of hydrocarbon and industrial gases." This allows the company to maintain expertise in this area and not become scattered and unfocused. Chart produces products from beer and soft drink dispensers to cryogenic components to essential components of refineries. This truly is an interesting business.

In a pitch from last week, bbluemz expands on the stock as a great way to gas up:

As the energy markets begin to improve in the future, natural gas has seen its popularity increase. Remember, natural gas is the cleanest burning fossil fuel, and with demands for electricity picking up we can expect many utilities to increase their natural gas consumption. ... As more natural gas is pulled from the ground, the need to transmit, liquefy, store, and distribute this gas will become even more intense and drive business to Chart industries.

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