Based on the aggregated intelligence of 180,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, fluid power systems specialist Parker Hannifin (NYSE:PH) has earned a respected four-star ranking.

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

Parker facts

Headquarters (founded)

Cleveland, Ohio (1918)

Market Cap

$11.7 billion

Industry

Industrial machinery

Trailing-12-Month Revenue

$13.1 billion

Management

Chairman/CEO Donald Washkewicz

CFO Jon Marten

Return on Equity (average, past 3 years)

19.5%

Cash/Debt

$436.1 million / $1.8 billion

Dividend Yield

2.1%

Competitors

Eaton (NYSE:ETN)

Emerson Electric (NYSE:EMR)

Honeywell International (NASDAQ:HON)

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

On CAPS, 97% of the 570 members who have rated Parker believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward.

Just yesterday, one of those bulls, Foolish Chief Investment Officer Andy Cross (TMFOpie), succinctly summed up the Parker bull case for our community: "Solid contributor to its space; long-term dividend payer with a history of increasing it. Steady eddy."

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