Based on the aggregated intelligence of 130,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, industrial manufacturer Ingersoll-Rand (NYSE:IR) has earned a coveted five-star ranking.

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

Ingersoll-Rand facts

Headquarters (founded)

Hamilton, Bermuda (1905)

Market Cap

$4.40 billion


Industrial Machinery

TTM Revenue

$13.23 billion


CEO Herbert Henkel (since 1999)
CFO Steven Shawley (since 2008)

Return on Capital (average, last three years)


Dividend Yield



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CAPS members bullish on IR also bullish on:

General Electric (NYSE:GE)

CAPS members bearish on IR also bearish on:

Ford Motor (NYSE:F)
General Motors (NYSE:GM)

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

Over on CAPS, 1,132 of the 1,160 members who have rated Ingersoll-Rand -- or 97.6% -- believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bulls include StayAtHomeFool and All-Star Alex1963, who is ranked in the top 1% of our community.

In January, StayAtHomeFool touched on Ingersoll-Rand's recent move into climate-control as a cool reason to buy: "Industrial with lower P/E, and nice yield, which serves basic needs of other industries; security, energy, and [Heating Ventilating Air Conditioning]-which is where they will make a big return on TRANE."

In a pitch from February, Alex1963 taps Ingersoll-Rand as an outstanding Oracle-owned opportunity:

I agree that this is a Buffett type opportunity (except not a wide moat & they are in price competitive industries but their strong brands should ensure stable market share). Fantastic mgt No. s, strong history of growth on returns, low debt, high per employee profitably compared to their industries and so on. They don't have much of a moat but they have a long history of increased growth & they have under .50 Debt to equity which is a critical criteria for me especially in this economic climate.

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