Based on the aggregated intelligence of 180,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, defense contractor Raytheon (NYSE:RTN) has earned a respected four-star ranking.

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

Raytheon facts



Headquarters (founded)

Waltham, Mass. (1922)

Market Cap

$17.9 billion


Aerospace and defense

Trailing-12-Month Revenue

$24.4 billion


Chairman/CEO William Swanson

CFO David Wajsgras

Return on Equity (average, past 3 years)



$4.0 billion/$4.7 billion

Dividend Yield



Boeing (NYSE:BA)

Lockheed Martin (NYSE:LMT)

Northrop Grumman (NYSE:NOC)

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

On CAPS, 95% of the 1,360 members who have rated Raytheon believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward.

Just last week, one of those Fools, talkingmonkey, tapped Raytheon as a particularly timely bargain opportunity:

Big, stable, high tech military contractor. Experienced little price hiccup recently. A fine long play company for the risk averse, with a nice yield, but I'm counting on the short term. Betting this lifts right back to ~ [$58 and change per share].

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