Based on the aggregated intelligence of 130,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, graphite products maker GrafTech International (NYSE:GTI) has earned a respected four-star ranking.

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

GrafTech facts 

Headquarters (founded)

Parma, Ohio (1886)

Market Cap

$786.79 million


Electrical components and equipment

TTM Revenue

$1.19 billion


CEO Craig Shular (since 2003)
CFO Mark Widmar (since 2006)

Return on Capital (average, last three years)



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Sources: Capital IQ, a division of Standard & Poor's, and Motley Fool CAPS. TTM = trailing 12 months.

Over on CAPS, 757 of the 770 members who have rated GrafTech -- some 98% -- believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bulls include NinjaSteve and All-Star ypcheng, who is ranked in the top 4% of our community.

Last month, NinjaSteve cited GrafTech's beaten-down price (which is even lower today) as a historic opportunity:

Slowdown has spooked this stock down into just stupid multiples. A return to multiples even on the bottom end of the historical range will blow this one out of water, even if steel is a little sluggish in 2009.

[By the way], Mini-mills and electric arc furnaces will come back first, may be coming back already, and electrodes for these is where [GrafTech] makes most of its money.

In a pitch from last week, ypcheng shares that contrarian spirit, updating our community on GrafTech's recent results:

The steel companies all have suffered recently while the market rallied 14%. However, steel inventory is down and everyone must order graphite electrodes again. [GrafTech] beat the expectation in Q4 and expects a small loss in Q1. They have done the necessary cutbacks and Q2 should be a turnaround quarter.

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