Based on the aggregated intelligence of 145,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, construction and engineering specialist Chicago Bridge & Iron (NYSE:CBI) has earned a coveted five-star ranking.

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

CB&I facts

Headquarters (Founded)

The Hague, Netherlands (1889)

Market Cap

$1.91 billion


Construction and engineering

Trailing-12-Month Revenue

$5.03 billion


CEO Philip Asherman (since 2006)
CFO Ronald Ballschmiede (since 2006)

Return on Capital (Average, Past 3 Years)



$212 million / $169.7 million

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

On CAPS, 98% of the 1,341 members who have rated CB&I believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bulls include Mliaom and All-Star wuff3t, who is ranked in the top 10% of our community.

Three months ago, Mliaom tapped CB&I as a particularly timely turnaround play: "With economy rebounding and expecting to get better in 2010, construction business will rebound with it. [CB&I] will be right there."

In a pitch from this past Monday, wuff3t constructs a more detailed look at the stock:

Earnings and compound share price growth prior to the financial implosion was extremely impressive, and while we may not ever return to those heady days, infrastructure spending will roar back once confidence does. … [CB&I] have been picking up contracts recently, and their geographical diversity means that they will not simply be tied to the (possibly slower to recover) US and other developed markets. Good companies will not remain beaten down for long, and I think [CB&I] is well positioned to make strong gains and outpace the markets as the global economy expands again.

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Fool contributor Brian Pacampara owns no position in any of the companies mentioned. ABB and Chicago Bridge & Iron are Motley Fool Global Gains pick, First Solar is a Rule Breakers recommendation, and Chesapeake Energy is a choice of Inside Value. The Fool owns shares of Chesapeake. The Fool's disclosure policy always gets a perfect score.