Based on the aggregated intelligence of 180,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, construction and rail products manufacturer L.B. Foster (Nasdaq: FSTR) has earned a coveted five-star ranking.

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

L.B. Foster facts

Headquarters (founded) Pittsburgh (1902)
Market Cap $280.2 million
Industry Industrial machinery
Trailing-12-Month Revenue $592.4 million
Management CEO Robert Bauer (since February 2012)
CFO David Russo (since July 2002)
Return on Equity (average, past 3 years) 8%
Cash/Debt $67.8 million / $1.1 million
Dividend Yield 0.4%
Competitors Alstom SA
Amsted Industries
Greenbrier Companies

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

On CAPS, 94% of the 466 members who have rated L.B. Foster believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward.

A few months ago, one of those Fools, Monroe7, brought L.B. Foster's solid fundamentals to our community's attention: "Almost no debt, revenue and earnings are going higher fast, dividend is sure to grow over the next couple years. This should be a solid stock to own for the long term."

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