Based on the aggregated intelligence of 180,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, aircraft carrier and submarine builder Huntington Ingalls (NYSE: HII) has earned a coveted five-star ranking.

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

Huntington facts

Headquarters Newport News, Va.
Market Cap $2.1 billion
Industry Aerospace and defense
Trailing-12-Month Revenue $6.6 billion
Management CEO C. Michael Petters (since 2011)
CFO Barbara Niland (since 2004)
Trailing-12-Month Return on Equity (8%)
Cash/Debt $669.0 million / $1.8 billion
Competitors BAE Systems
Electric Boat
General Dynamics

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

On CAPS, all 29 of the members who have rated Huntington believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward.

Earlier this week, one of those Fools, pchop123, tapped the stock as a particularly solid defense play:

[Huntington] was spun off from [Northrop Grumman] ... so their management knows how to be effective in their [defense] niche. Ships have a long building cycle so in short term sequestration will not effect them as much as other [defense] contractors. They had an objective to secure 5 contracts this year and they have been awarded all five [plus] one more.

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