Based on the aggregated intelligence of 135,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, Calgon Carbon (NYSE:CCC), which makes water and air purifying systems, has earned a coveted five-star ranking.

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

Calgon facts

Headquarters (founded)

Pittsburgh, Pa. (1942)

Market Cap

$720.7 million


Commodity chemicals

TTM Revenue

$400.6 million


CEO & President John Stanik (since 2003)
CFO Leroy Ball (since 2002)

Return on Equity (average, last three years)



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CAPS members bullish on CCC also bullish on:

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CAPS members bearish on CCC also bearish on:

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

Over on CAPS, 265 of the 284 members who have rated Calgon -- 93% -- believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bulls include pikokiwijr and All-Star SuperCharge, who is ranked in the top 2% of our community.

Just last month, pikokiwijr made a particularly purified pitch:

Little debt. Positive earnings. People are headed green. They'll benefit.

In a pitch from a month earlier, SuperCharge made sure Calgon bulls breathed even easier. Here's an excerpt from the long pitch:

Yes, the stock is trading at a 20 P/E but it traded at 50 in 2007 for a reason ... growth and potential future booming growth. Forward P/E is 15.6 and they just received a new credit facility to help with their expansion. ... I'm still banking on the world's largest manufacturer of granular activated carbon to be trading at $20 in the not too distant future. 2-10 years down the road, the sky's the limit assuming granular activated carbon remains a valuable material in purification systems for drinking water, wastewater, odor control, pollution abatement, and a variety of industrial and commercial manufacturing processes.

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