Based on the aggregated intelligence of 160,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, steel giant Nucor (NYSE: NUE) has earned a coveted five-star ranking.

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

Nucor facts

Headquarters (Founded)

Charlotte, N.C. (1940)

Market Cap

$14.5 billion



Trailing-12-Month Revenue

$11.2 billion


CEO Daniel DiMicco (since September 2000)

CFO James Frias (since January 2010)

Return on Equity (Average, Past 3 Years)



$2.24 billion / $3.16 billion

Dividend Yield



ArcelorMittal (NYSE: MT)

U.S. Steel (NYSE: X)

AK Steel (NYSE: AKS)

Other Highly Rated Steel-Related Stocks



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

On CAPS, 96% of the 1,839 members who have rated Nucor believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bulls include pjgz and blink182fan.

Just three weeks ago, pjgz tapped Nucor as a great way to earn some income: "One of the best run firms I have ever seen. A history of generating cash and paying it out. Market tends to either overvalue or overpunish based on steel price and demand, but long term total return blows the market away."

In a pitch from two weeks later, blink182fan expands on the solid selection:

Nucor is an efficient steel producer. They have an ability to control their costs well and can turn of the production switch like it's a lamp. Granted they have had a bad quarter here and there during the dip, but steel orders will pick up significantly as we exit the manufacturing lull and the economic engines start up in a big way again.

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