Based on the aggregated intelligence of 180,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, mining equipment maker Joy Global (NYSE: JOY) has earned a respected four-star ranking.

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

Joy Global facts

Headquarters (founded) Milwaukee (1884)
Market Cap $8.0 billion
Industry Construction and farm machinery
Trailing-12-Month Revenue $4.7 billion
Management CEO Michael Sutherlin (since 2006)
CFO Michael Olsen (since 2008)
Return on Equity (average, past 3 years) 45.1%
Cash/Debt $283.3 million / $1.4 billion
Dividend Yield 0.9%
Competitors Caterpillar

Sources: S&P Capital IQ and Motley Fool CAPS.

On CAPS, 98% of the 1,618 members who have rated Joy Global believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward.  

Just last month, one of those Fools, MHenage, tapped the stock as a solid bargain opportunity:

Good cash flow, good earnings growth. ... Joy and [Caterpillar] can compete and not kill each other because there is enough business to go around. ... Price target of $150 if the company reaches earnings for 2012 and the P/E expands to meet projected earnings growth of about 20%.  

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