Based on the aggregated intelligence of 120,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, Swiss electrical engineering giant ABB Ltd (NYSE:ABB) has earned a coveted five-star ranking. Our data has shown that five-star stocks outperform the market by a significant margin, while one-star stocks have woefully lagged the market average.

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

ABB facts

Headquarters (founded)

Zurich, Switzerland (1883)

Market Cap

$30.92 billion


Heavy Electrical Equipment

Trailing-12-Month Revenue

$34.49 billion


CEO Joseph Hogan (since September 2008)

CFO Michel Demare (since January 2005)

Return on Equity (average last three years)


Dividend Yield



Siemens (NYSE:SI),

Emerson Electric (NYSE:EMR)

CAPS members bullish on ABB also bullish on:

General Electric (NYSE:GE),

Transocean (NYSE:RIG)

CAPS members bearish on ABB also bearish on:

First Solar (NASDAQ:FSLR),

General Motors (NYSE:GM)

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

Over on CAPS, 97% of the 1,454 members who have rated ABB believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bulls include kpscott and Ak66.

Late last month, kpscott tapped ABB as a play on the Obama plan to build out infrastructure: "Very low debt ratio, P/E, and Price-to-book. Down 70% from its highs and infrastructure investment part of president-elect's economic recovery plan."

In a pitch from the same day, Ak66 agrees, providing inside insight into ABB's gear:

Great company, superior valuation … Will be needed for infrastructure no matter what happens going forward. Will also be needed to make distribution systems more efficient. I buy and maintain their equipment. They provide good equipment. Are in the same cost range and more honest than their main competitors. Should continue to expand their customer base.

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