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5-Star Stocks Poised to Pop: Eaton

By Brian D. Pacampara, CFA - Updated Apr 5, 2017 at 7:54PM

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Market-trouncing returns could be written in these five stars.

Based on the aggregated intelligence of 125,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, industrial parts provider Eaton (NYSE:ETN) has earned a coveted five-star ranking. Our data has shown that five-star stocks outperform the market by a significant margin; conversely, one-star stocks woefully lag the market average.

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

Eaton facts

Headquarters (founded)

Cleveland (1916)

Market Cap

$7.44 billion


Industrial Machinery

Trailing-12-Month Revenue

$15.26 billion


CEO Alexander Cutler (since 2000)

CFO Richard Fearon (since 2002)

Return on Equity (average last three years)


Dividend Yield



Parker Hannifin (NYSE:PH)

Emerson Electric (NYSE:EMR)

CAPS members bullish on ETN also bullish on:

General Electric (NYSE:GE)

Transocean (NYSE:RIG)

CAPS members bearish on ETN also bearish on:

Northrop Grumman (NYSE:NOC)

Corning (NYSE:GLW)

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

Over on CAPS, some 98% of the 608 members who have rated Eaton believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bulls include CAPS All-Star TMFSmashy (aka Toby Shute) and RetireOrExpire.

Earlier this month, TMFSmashy noted three of the company's strong points: "Good long-term record w/ relatively low earnings volatility for an industrial firm, a rising dividend, and valued at ~8x normalized earnings."

In a pitch from late last month, RetireOrExpire agrees, tapping Eaton as a strong business priced for imperfection:

The stock has been hammered down because of auto issues, however auto is only about 28% of the company revenue. Even in that 28% ETN supplies parts for both foriegn and domestic players. ... Granted losing 20% of your revenue isn't great but that assumes all 3 of the BIG 3 fail and fail completely (as in orders drop to $0.00). Even still the company has been hammered down 50%. Even worst case scenario the company only has room to go up. Given the other 3/4th of the company deal w/ power supply, switching, and distribution it could benefit from [a] stimulus09 play.

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Eaton Corporation plc Stock Quote
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