Based on the aggregated intelligence of 180,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, diesel engine manufacturer Cummins (NYSE: CMI) has earned a coveted five-star ranking.

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

Cummins facts

Headquarters (founded) Columbus, Ind. (1919)
Market Cap $18.9 billion
Industry Diversified machinery
Trailing-12-Month Revenue $18.7 billion
Management Chairman/CEO Thomas Linebarger
CFO Patrick Ward
Return on Equity (average, past 3 years) 27.2%
Cash/Debt $1.6 billion / $683.0 million
Dividend Yield 1.6%
Competitors Caterpillar
Detroit Diesel
Navistar International

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

On CAPS, 96% of the 1,514 members who have rated Cummins believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward.

Just last week, one of those Fools, All-Star joryko, tapped the stock as a timely bargain opportunity:

Recent sell off his given me the chance to greenthumb Cummins. Tremendous valuations everywhere on the company: [0.7 PEG] and an 8.5 Forward PE. Throw in that they have twice as much cash on hand as debt, a respectable 1.6% dividend and a strong concept for the future and I will hold this for years to come. 5 years +.

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