Based on the aggregated intelligence of 140,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, aerospace and defense company Curtiss-Wright (NYSE:CW) has earned a coveted five-star ranking.

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

Curtiss-Wright facts

Headquarters (Founded)

Parsippany, N.J. (1929)

Market Cap

$1.6 billion


Aerospace and defense

Business Segments

Flow control, motion control, metal treatment

Trailing-12-Month Revenue

$1.81 billion


CEO Martin Benante (since 2000)
CFO Glenn Tynan (since 2002)

Compound Annual Revenue and Net Income Growth (Over Past 5 Years)

17.2% and 12%

Cash / Debt

$59.2 million / $561.4 million

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

On CAPS, 98.6% of the 148 members who have rated Curtiss-Wright believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bulls include MeditatingCoil and All-Star BSHumphreyII, who is ranked in the top 11% of our community.

Late last month, MeditatingCoil kindly segmented the stock for us Fools:

Metal services division will pick up when infrastructure, industrial, and aerospace recover, which may be a few years. The electronic system division is moderately affected by changes in mil and aerospace but is dealing with that and will outperform. The flow control is not well known to me but will likely do well when oil and nuclear resume facilities and infrastructure building.

In a pitch from one week later, BSHumphreyII expands on the tailwinds working in Curtiss-Wright's favor:

Though the technicals look ugly for [Curtiss-Wright], I'm going to stay bullish because I like the sector over the next year or so. Economic times like this means companies will invest in equipment and other physical capital rather than in labor, and that should help the market for [Curtiss-Wright's] products.

I don't like playing government investment in "clean energy" or "infrastructure", since it's too subject to the fickle whims of Congress, but there are plenty of reasons to believe that a larger share of America's energy production will come from nuclear sources in the future. [Curtiss-Wright] will certainly benefit from that.

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