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It's spent several months locked at a four-star rank, but enough top-performing CAPS members have turned bullish on Eaton (NYSE:ETN) recently to upgrade it to a full fledged five stars. A total of 674 members have given their opinion on the industrial equipment provider, with many offering analysis and commentary to explain their recent optimism.

CAPS members like the strength that Eaton has shown throughout the downturn, and they expect it and other infrastructure players to benefit when the economy recovers. Eaton cut costs to bolster earnings and offset soft sales in its markets -- an impact also felt by others, including diversified manufacturer United Technologies (NYSE:UTX)

Eaton announced a 29% increase in fourth-quarter earnings, while generating record free cash flow of $1.2 billion in 2009. Like Caterpillar (NYSE:CAT),  General Electric (NYSE:GE), and many other companies in the S&P 500, Eaton ended the year with more cash after reducing spending. After using some of its cash to pay off $750 million in debt last year, the company is now eyeing acquisition opportunities.

Eaton's looking for sales growth this year, and it expects its cost cuts to continue to help earnings. While companies such as Boeing (NYSE:BA), Lockheed Martin (NYSE:LMT), and Oshkosh (NYSE:OSK) could benefit most from an increasing defense budget, Eaton is poised to benefit from the flow of U.S. stimulus dollars that have yet to be released. It expects to capture about $1 billion of stimulus money between this year and next, working on projects that are right in line with its electrical-power and other businesses.

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