Based on the aggregated intelligence of 180,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, anti-friction bearing manufacturer The Timken Company (NYSE: TKR) has earned a respected four-star ranking.

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

Timken facts

Headquarters (founded) Canton, Ohio (1899)
Market Cap $4.1 billion
Industry Industrial machinery
Trailing-12-Month Revenue $5.4 billion
Management CEO James Griffith
Senior Vice President William Burkhart
Return on Equity (average, past 3 years) 16.8%
Cash/Debt $509.9 million / $494.2 million
Dividend Yield 2.3%
Competitors AK Steel
Steel Dynamics

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

On CAPS, 94% of the 217 members who have rated Timken believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward.  

Earlier this month, one of those Fools, TzingerToo, succinctly summed up the Timken bull case for our community: 

Timken makes the best bearings in the world. Stock pays a decent dividend. There was no particular reason to beat up on the stock this year. I expect [~$60 per share] value.

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