Based on the aggregated intelligence of 130,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, rolling mill roll maker Ampco-Pittsburgh (NYSE:AP) has earned a coveted five-star ranking.

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

Ampco-Pittsburgh facts

Headquarters (founded)

Pittsburgh, Penn. (1929)

Market Cap

$183.69 million


Industrial machinery

Trailing-12-Month Revenue

$394.5 million


Chairman/CEO Robert Paul (since 2004)
President/COO Ernest Siddons (since 2004)

Compound Annual Revenue Growth (over last five years)


Dividend Yield



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CAPS members bullish on AP also bullish on:

General Electric (NYSE:GE)
Johnson & Johnson (NYSE:JNJ)

CAPS members bearish on AP also bearish on:

Hercules Offshore (NASDAQ:HERO)
Heartland Payment Systems (NYSE:HPY)

Sources: Capital IQ (a division of Standard & Poor's), and Motley Fool CAPS.

Over on CAPS, 203 of the 208 members who have rated Ampco-Pittsburgh -- or 98% -- believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bulls include MattMcComb and nerd1951.

Two weeks ago, MattMcComb tapped Ampco-Pittsburgh as an interesting income opportunity:

Earnings will suffer along with the recession, but at this price it's a good deal, and their strong balance sheet will help them to get through this economic cycle and come out swinging. They'll prosper once things go up, and in the meantime, their dividend is excellent.

In a pitch from the same day, nerd1951 keeps the bull case rolling:

This company makes rollers for steel and aluminum rolling mills. These are huge and huge but precisely machined steel rollers. The two subsidiaries that manufacture rollers, one in the US and one in the UK, have done nothing else for decades. The facilities and expertise to manufacture these rollers creates a wide moat....

As the demand for aluminum and steel picks up, so will demand for these rollers as they need to be replaced more often. In addition, Ampco has 49% of a joint venture in China to produce even larger rollers. That plant is expected to come online in 2010.

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Fool contributor Brian Pacampara owns no position in any of the companies mentioned. Hercules Offshore is a former Motley Fool Hidden Gems selection, while Heartland Payment Systems is a current pick. Apple is a Stock Advisor selection, and Johnson & Johnson is an Income Investor pick. The Fool's disclosure policy always gets a perfect score.