Based on the aggregated intelligence of 145,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, Swiss electrical-engineering giant ABB (NYSE:ABB) has earned a coveted five-star ranking.

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

ABB facts

Headquarters (Founded)

Zurich, Switzerland (1883)

Market Cap

$44.1 billion


Heavy electrical equipment

Trailing-12-Month Revenue

$32.2 billion


CEO Joseph Hogan (since 2008)
CFO Michel Demare (since 2005)

Return on Equity (Average, Past 3 Years)



$8.3 billion / $2.4 billion

Dividend Yield



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CAPS Members Bullish on ABB Also Bullish on

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CAPS Members Bearish on ABB Also Bearish on


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

On CAPS, 97.5% of the 1,659 members who have rated ABB believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bulls include RINDER and jbcarithers.

Last month, RINDER singled out the stock as one-half of a particularly powerful duo: 

One of only two large energy infrastructure companies in the world capable of bringing power to China. The other is Siemens. One of best balance sheets in industry. … 2.4% dividend is icing on the cake.

In a pitch from two weeks later, jbcarithers expands on ABB as a model of efficiency:

ABB is all over the automation market. Working in offshore and automation myself, I see the name everywhere and use its products almost exclusively. There is a shift beginning to happen in the industrial world, moving from hydraulics to electronics to address environmental and energy issues. As the new generation of engineers gains a foothold to implement these shifts, I believe ABB and a very small handful of others will benefit. … Again, I believe ABB will be the dominating player in these new energy systems.

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