Based on the aggregated intelligence of 180,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, defense contractor Raytheon
With that in mind, let's take a closer look at Raytheon's business and see what CAPS investors are saying about the stock right now.
|Headquarters (founded)||Waltham, Mass. (1922)|
|Market Cap||$18.6 billion|
|Industry||Aerospace and defense|
|Trailing-12-Month Revenue||$24.5 billion|
|Management||Chairman/CEO William Swanson
CFO David Wajsgras
|Return on Equity (average, past 3 years)||19.3%|
|Cash/Debt||$2.9 billion / $4.6 billion|
Sources: S&P Capital IQ and Motley Fool CAPS.
On CAPS, 95% of the 1,350 members who have rated Raytheon believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward.
The threat of sequestration is the bugaboo about this stock, but I'm optimistic that we'll avoid the dreaded fiscal cliff -- and if any defense company can thrive even in the face of sequestration, it's overbooked Raytheon. Healthy company, nice dividend, low payout ratio. What's not to like?
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Fool contributor Brian Pacampara owns no position in any of the companies mentioned. The Fool owns shares of Raytheon, Lockheed, and Northrop. Try any of our Foolish newsletter services free for 30 days.