Based on the aggregated intelligence of 170,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, construction aggregates producer Martin Marietta Materials (NYSE: MLM) has earned a coveted five-star ranking.

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

Martin Marietta facts

Headquarters (Founded)

Raleigh, N.C. (1993)

Market Cap

$3.9 billion


Construction materials

Trailing-12-Month Revenue

$1.73 billion


CEO C. Howard Nye (since 2010)

CFO Anne Lloyd (since 2005)

Return on Equity (Average, Past 3 Years)



$60.5 million / $1 billion

Dividend Yield



Vulcan Materials (NYSE: VMC)

Texas Industries (NYSE: TXI)

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

On CAPS, 88% of the 180 members who have rated Martin Marietta believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bulls include pchop123 and tekennedy.

Just last week, pchop123 brought Martin Marietta's recent price weakness to our community's attention: "[W]ay oversold for the value, potential & yield."

Shares of Martin Marietta are down more than 7% over the past month, but many Fools think they're now too cheap to pass up. In fact, Martin Marietta's three-year average return on equity (11.6%) easily tops that of rivals Vulcan (-0.7) and Texas Industries (-2.3%), as well as other construction material stocks like CEMEX (NYSE: CX) (0.9%), Owens Corning (NYSE: OC) (3.0%), and USG (NYSE: USG) (-46.8%).

CAPS member tekennedy expands on the outperform case:

This is a company with competitive advantages (barriers to entry, limited competition as aggregates have a high weight to value ratio) which will benefit directly from inflation. Earnings should be muted in the next few years as earnings are partially dependent on construction but over the long term should outperform. I like [Vulcan] more because I like their strategy better … but [Martin Marietta] is in better financial shape. Both should perform well over time.

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