Based on the aggregated intelligence of 180,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, steel giant Nucor (NYSE: NUE) has earned a respected four-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 $13.0 billion
Industry Steel
Trailing-12-Month Revenue $20.0 billion
Management CEO Daniel DiMicco (since 2000)
CFO James Frias (since 2010)
Return on Equity (average, past 3 years) 3.8%
Cash/Debt $2.6 billion / $4.3 billion
Dividend Yield 3.5%
Competitors ArcelorMittal
Commercial Metals
United States Steel

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

On CAPS, 96% of the 2,232 members who have rated Nucor believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward.

A couple of months ago, one of those Fools, divinezone, listed several of Nucor's positives:

- Nucor has a history of continuous innovation technologically, stylistically, and managerially.
- Committed to high-quality steel products at competitive prices, the company still boasts strong financials.
- Positioned to rebound in a big way when construction improves. In fact, recent figures suggest higher-than-expected seasonal improvement, which may indicate the initial stages of an upward trend. ...
- Nucor is the largest U.S. steelmaker; it benefits from being the main player in an oligopolistic market. The resultant pricing power is a sustainable competitive advantage.
- Recent moves to become more vertically integrated should help the company's long-term returns.

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