Based on the aggregated intelligence of 180,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, specialty chemical company Ashland (NYSE: ASH) has earned a respected four-star ranking.

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

Ashland facts

Headquarters (founded) Covington, Ky. (1918)
Market Cap $5.3 billion
Industry Specialty chemicals
Trailing-12-Month Revenue $7.5 billion
Management Chairman/CEO James O'Brien (since 2002)
CFO Lamar Chambers (since 2008)
Return on Equity (average, past 3 years) 3.9%
Cash/Debt $599.0 million / $3.8 billion
Dividend Yield 1.3%
Competitors Arkema
Momentive Specialty Chemicals

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

On CAPS, 91% of the 321 members who have rated Ashland believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward.

Just yesterday, one of those bulls, All-Star MajorBob04, briefly highlighted several of Ashland's positives: "Growing revenues, investing in future capacity to keep up with demand; profit margins are still decent, earnings just need to catch up, which they will eventually. When they do, the price will pop."

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