Based on the aggregated intelligence of 150,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, construction equipment maker Terex (NYSE:TEX) has earned a coveted five-star ranking.

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

Terex facts

Headquarters (Founded)

Westport, Conn. (1925)

Market Cap

$2.13 billion


Farm and construction machinery

Trailing-12-Month Revenue

$5.93 billion


CEO Ronald DeFeo (since 1995)
CFO Phillip Widman (since 2002)

Return on Capital (Average, Past 3 Years)



$1.03 billion / $2 billion


Astec Industries (NASDAQ:ASTE)
Joy Global (NASDAQ:JOYG)
Deere (NYSE:DE)

Other Highly Rated Heavy Equipment Stocks

Caterpillar (NYSE:CAT)
Manitowoc (NYSE:MTW)

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

On CAPS, 97% of the 1,358 members who have rated Terex believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bulls include jigar34 and mccarthyconsultg.

Just last month, jigar34 highlighted Terex as a company on the upswing:

Better liquidity position now ... business improving and cost cutting and inventory management initiatives will pay off great during recovery. Also, replacement cycles for their equipment should come soon ... people can't keep using old stuff for too long.

In an earlier pitch, mccarthyconsultg expands on the tailwinds working in the stock's favor:

One strategy being employed by the Obama Administration to rebuild, restore, band-aid or heal the injured economy is heavier investments in America's ailing infrastructure. Terex Corporation, a small cap company, with plenty room for growth should benefit from this opportunity. Terex's business is diversified manufacturing on a global scale "of capital goods, customer relevant solutions for construction, infrastructure, mining, transportation and public utility. For long term investors the Terex's diversity and blend of activities in robust sectors should be attractive.

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Fool contributor Brian Pacampara owns no position in any of the companies mentioned. The Fool owns shares of Terex. The Fool's disclosure policy always gets a perfect score.