Based on the aggregated intelligence of 180,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, farm equipment maker Deere (NYSE:DE) has earned a respected four-star ranking.

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

Deere facts

Headquarters (founded)

Moline, Ill. (1837)

Market Cap

$32.7 billion

Industry

Farm and construction machinery

Trailing-12-Month Revenue

$36.2 billion

Management

Chairman/CEO Samuel Allen

CFO Rajesh Kalathur

Return on Equity (average, past 3 years)

40.5%

Cash / Debt

$5.0 billion / $32.4 billion

Dividend Yield

2.2%

Competitors

Caterpillar (NYSE:CAT)

CNH Global (NYSE: CNH)

Kubota (OTC:KUBTY)

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

On CAPS, 96% of the 2,853 members who have rated Deere believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward.

Just yesterday, one of those Fools, Grahdodd, succinctly summed up the Deere bull case for our community: "Moat is the undisputed leader in Farm Equipment. Low PE, below market, nice way to play the feed-the-growing-population trend especially in Emerging Markets. Only issue I have is higher debt ... Berkshire is modest recent buyer."

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