Based on the aggregated intelligence of 135,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, welding products maker Lincoln Electric Holdings (NASDAQ:LECO) has earned a coveted five-star ranking.

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

Lincoln facts

Headquarters (founded)

Cleveland, Ohio (1895)

Market Cap

$1.55 billion


Industrial machinery

Trailing-12-Month Revenue

$2.27 billion


Chairman/CEO John Stropki, Jr. (since 2004)
CFO Vincent Petrella (since 2004)

Return on Equity (average, last three years)


Dividend Yield



Illinois Tool Works (NYSE:ITW)

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

Over on CAPS, 319 of the 323 members who have rated Lincoln -- some 99% -- believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bulls include mtinvest and roseys.

In May, mtinvest shared a brief history lesson on Lincoln: "Founded 1895 by John C. Lincoln and today an industry leader in welding equipment. The larger competitor Illinois Tool Works is also a great company, but we prefer Lincoln Electric because of their slightly better fundamentals."

In a pitch from last week, roseys expanded on that bullish line of thinking:

Infrastructure can never disappear. [I]t will always have to be rebuilt or repaired. [G]iven the shape us bridges alone are in these days, lincoln electric should be setting up a phone bank right now to field the orders. [W]ithout roads you shut down some very big guys … and what good are roads if you can't "bridge" them? [L]incoln is of prime ability for this massive restructuring by both capacity and distribution. [A]nd they still have a stronghold in the arc welding lesser market.

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Fool contributor Brian Pacampara owns no position in any of the companies mentioned. Lincoln and Chesapeake are Motley Fool Inside Value picks, Chipotle Mexican Grill is a Motley Fool Rule Breakers selection, Johnson & Johnson is an Income Investor choice, and Whole Foods is a selection of Stock Advisor. The Fool owns shares of Chesapeake Energy and Lincoln. The Fool's disclosure policy always gets a perfect score.