Based on the aggregated intelligence of 180,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, defense contracting giant Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) has earned a respected four-star ranking.

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

Lockheed facts

Headquarters (founded) Bethesda, Md. (1909)
Market Cap $28.2 billion
Industry Aerospace and defense
Trailing-12-Month Revenue $47.2 billion
Management Chairman/CEO Robert Stevens
Vice Chairman/COO Christopher Kubasik
Return on Capital (average, past 3 years) 29.4%
Cash/Debt $3.5 billion / $6.5 billion
Dividend Yield 4.6%
Competitors Boeing
Northrop Grumman

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

On CAPS, 94% of the 1,873 members who have rated Lockheed believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward.

Just yesterday, one of those Fools, TMFCane, succinctly summed up the Lockheed bull case for our community: "Well diversified among government defense/security sectors, between aerospace, electronics, cyber/IT, and other systems. Has its fingers in too many areas to not succeed -- is still the US's biggest defense contractor and war's not going away any time soon, budget cuts or no."

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