Based on the aggregated intelligence of 180,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, diversified technology company 3M (NYSE: MMM) has earned a coveted five-star ranking.

With that in mind, let's take a closer look at 3M's business and see what CAPS investors are saying about the stock right now.

3M facts

Headquarters (founded) St. Paul, Minn. (1902)
Market Cap $63.4 billion
Industry Industrial conglomerates
Trailing-12-Month Revenue $29.6 billion
Management Chairman/CEO Inge Thulin
CFO David Meline
Return on Equity (average, past 3 years) 28.0%
Cash/Debt $4.9 billion / $6.3 billion
Dividend Yield 2.6%
Competitors Avery Dennison
DuPont
Johnson & Johnson

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

On CAPS, 97% of the 4,566 members who have rated 3M believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward.

Just last month, one of those Fools, All-Star TMFBoomer, succinctly summed up the 3M bull case for our community:

Not the most exciting stock in the market, but one of the most diversified, product-wise and internationally. Over $1B in R&D allows company to introduce products at a rapid-rate for a large company. Exposure to interesting, potentially fast-growth markets in healthcare and natural gas transportation. Trading just below market average on P/E.

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