Based on the aggregated intelligence of 145,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, defense contractor Raytheon (NYSE:RTN) has earned a respected four-star ranking.

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

Raytheon facts

Headquarters (Founded)

Waltham, Mass. (1922)

Market Cap

$20.3 billion


Aerospace and defense

Trailing-12-Month Revenue

$24.3 billion


CEO William Swanson (since 2003)
CFO David Wajsgras (since 2006)

Return on Equity (Average, Past 3 Years)


Dividend Yield



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

On CAPS, 95% of the 1,166 members who have rated Raytheon believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bulls include All-Stars Kevman24, who is ranked in the top 10% of our community, and TyrVsGarm.

Just four days ago, Kevman24 brought the company's recent quarter to our community's attention:

Did anyone read the 3Q results of eps up 24% and sales up 6%. Or did everyone just skip that part? But seriously though … that kind of growth in a $20B company is pretty [decent]. And a 2.3% div. This stock makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside.

In an earlier pitch, TyrVsGarm expands on Raytheon as a particularly powerful rocket stock:

Raytheon's bread and butter has been advanced weapon systems (specifically advance missile targeting systems). As the US government tries to continue to utilize remote precision strike capability, more and more contracts roll Raytheon's way. Additionally, with a burgeoning cyber security unit, Raytheon is very well positioned to capitalize on the strategic shift of the Obama administration.

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