Based on the aggregated intelligence of 180,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, military contractor L-3 Communications Holdings (NYSE: LLL) has earned a coveted five-star ranking.

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

L-3 facts

Headquarters (founded) New York (1997)
Market Cap $6.8 billion
Industry Aerospace and defense
Trailing-12-Month Revenue $15.0 billion
Management Chairman/CEO Michael Strianese
CFO Ralph D'Ambrosio
Return on Equity (average, past 3 years) 13.8%
Cash/Debt $481.0 million / $4.2 billion
Dividend Yield 2.9%
Competitors Honeywell
Lockheed Martin
Raytheon

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

On CAPS, 96% of the 936 members who have rated L-3 believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward.

A few months ago, one of those bulls, All-Star JBouchard, tapped L-3 as a particularly attractive bargain opportunity:

Long-term contrarian pick. ... Get a nice $2 dividend every year (2.9% yield) while waiting. Currently depressed because of military spending cuts in the U.S. and elsewhere, but this won't last forever so it seems like a good opportunity to add this while prices are depressed. Existing aircraft will still need to be maintained and upgraded.

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