Based on the aggregated intelligence of 160,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, specialty glass and ceramics giant Corning (NYSE: GLW) has earned a coveted five-star ranking.

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

Corning facts

Headquarters (Founded)

Corning, N.Y. (1851)

Market Cap

$28.1 billion


Electronic components

Trailing-12-Month Revenue

$5.4 billion


CEO Wendell Weeks (since 2005)
CFO James Flaws (since 1997)

Return on Equity (Average, Past 3 Years)



$3.6 billion / $2.05 billion

Dividend Yield



Becton, Dickinson (NYSE: BDX)

Key Customers

Apple (Nasdaq: AAPL)
AU Optronics (NYSE: AUO)

Key Suppliers

Dow Chemical (NYSE: DOW)

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

On CAPS, 97% of the 3,379 members who have rated Corning believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bulls include NotMyRealName123 and All-Star mrindependent, who is ranked in the top 1% of our community.

Last month, NotMyRealName123 touched on the tailwinds working in Corning's favor:

Flat panel TV's, especially first generation sets, won't be as durable. Expect replacement turnover to keep demand high even after the initial conversion period. Also they continue to make other quality inputs for many other products, for multinational companies. I expect continued growth.

In a pitch from last week, mrindependent echoed that sentiment:

Corning is selling for just 1.8 times book value, which is far below its historical norm. For the last five years, this company has been doing wonderful and it has a host of new innovative products that could "shoot the lights out". The balance sheet is very liquid with 3 billion in cash compared to 2 billion of debt.

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Fool contributor Brian Pacampara owns no position in any of the companies mentioned. Apple is a Motley Fool Stock Advisor pick. 3M is a Motley Fool Inside Value selection.

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