Based on the aggregated intelligence of 180,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, auto-parts and building-efficiency specialist Johnson Controls (NYSE: JCI) has earned a coveted five-star ranking.

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

Johnson Controls facts

Headquarters (Founded) Milwaukee (1885)
Market Cap $20.0 billion
Industry Auto parts and equipment
Trailing-12-Month Revenue $42.4 billion
Management Chairman/CEO Stephen Roell
CFO Bruce McDonald
Return on Equity (Average, Past 3 Years) 15.5%
Cash/Debt $610.0 million / $6.7 billion
Dividend Yield 2.5%
Competitors Honeywell International
Lennox International
United Technologies

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

On CAPS, 96% of the 1,253 members who have rated Johnson Controls believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward.   

Just last week, one of those Fools, danablanca, tapped Johnson Controls as a particularly attractive total return opportunity:

New contracts, [pickup] in commercial building, [O]bama incentives for energy efficient buildings, [Morningstar] loves stock, [Fools] love it. Dividend yield of 2.5% and $42-$44 price target. So ... get paid while I watch the stock price go up. Sounds good to me.

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