Based on the aggregated intelligence of 180,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, design and engineering software maker Autodesk (NASDAQ:ADSK) has earned a respected four-star ranking.

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

Autodesk facts

Headquarters (founded)

San Rafael, Calif. (1982)

Market Cap

$8.5 billion


Application software

Trailing-12-Month Revenue

$2.3 billion


CEO Carl Bass

CFO Mark Hawkins

Return on Equity (average, past 3 years)



$2.1 billion / $745.8 million


Adobe Systems

Dassault Systemes


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

On CAPS, 93% of the 846 members who have rated Autodesk believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward.

Earlier this week, fellow Fool Billy Kiperstok (TMFTailwind) succinctly summed up the Autodesk bull case for our community:

Enjoys a nice moat from its network effect and high switching costs. A nice plus is its exposure to the rapidly growing 3D printing market, and management that seems willing and able to adapt to shifting market conditions (ex. forays into mobile/cloud space). Recent share price drop due to earnings miss provides long-term investors with an opportunity.   

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