Based on the aggregated intelligence of 170,000-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

$35.58 billion

Industry

Electronic components

Trailing-12-Month Revenue

$6.63 billion

Management

CEO Wendell Weeks (since 2005)

CFO James Flaws (since 1997)

Return on Equity (Average, Past 3 Years)

26.7%

Cash/Debt

$6.35 billion / $2.32 billion

Dividend Yield

0.9%

Competitors

3M (NYSE: MMM)

Alcatel-Lucent (NYSE: ALU)

Tyco Electronics (NYSE: TEL)

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

On CAPS, 97% of the 3,663 members who have rated Corning believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bulls include Bobb2uicuc and VirginiaPacific.

Just last month, Bobb2uicuc described Corning in purely bullish terms:

Great company with solid balance sheet at very attractive valuation. World is transitioning to mobile devices very quickly and Gorilla Glass is king in this space. Look for this segment to become more and more significant and really drive growth for the company.

Currently, Corning even trades at a forward P/E (10.3) discount to competitors 3M (12.7) and Tyco Electronics (10.6), as well as other LCD plays like LG Display (NYSE: LPL) (11.5) and AU Optronics (NYSE: AUO) (15.5).

CAPS member VirginiaPacific elaborates on the bull case:

Corning is a world leader in glass for computer, TV and mobile displays. They deserve to trade at a higher multiple given that they have a significant moat and good growth prospects. ...

Their earnings are even more impressive when you consider how much of their profits have turned into free cash flow over the last few years, and how much of their assets are in cash, not operating assets. ... Presumably some of this money will flow into bigger dividends or stock buybacks.

[Corning's] display unit is a global cash cow. The relatively poor performance of their other units (specialty glass, telecom, medical, etc.) has helped disguise massive earnings growth at the display unit, which now makes up over half the value of the company.

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