Based on the aggregated intelligence of 150,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, water infrastructure specialist Mueller Water Products (NYSE:MWA) has earned a coveted five-star ranking.

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

Mueller facts



Market Cap

$778.7 million


Industrial machinery

Trailing-12-Month Revenue

$1.4 billion


CEO Gregory Hyland (since 2006)
CFO Evan Hart (since 2008)

Trailing-12-Month Return on Capital



$124 million / $737.4 million

Dividend Yield



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CAPS Members Bullish on MWA Also Bullish on

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CAPS Members Bearish on MWA Also Bearish on

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

On CAPS, 97% of the 1,438 members who have rated Mueller believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bulls include scotchn14 and All-Star RuleBreakerGoog, who is ranked in the top 5% of our community.

Late last year, scotchn14 tapped the stock as a perfect pick for liquid portfolios: "We have heard it over and over, they are in a position to reap the benefits of the current and future need to rebuild [America's] water infrastructure."

In a pitch from three weeks earlier, RuleBreakerGoog updated Fools on Mueller's progress:

Using free cash flow to reduce debt. Reduced capital expenditures by more than a factor of 2 in this economy. 60% of sales in repair and replacement area, the area most likely to benefit from current and future infrastructure legislation (i.e. American Recovery and Reinvestment Act). Having great success in reducing inventories. True turnaround not expected to materialize until 2011, but investors will buy in before that as the residential and non-residential construction recovers, or when infrastructure legislation takes hold in metro areas nationwide.

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Fool contributor Brian Pacampara owns no position in any of the companies mentioned. Mueller is a Motley Fool Hidden Gems pick, Cemex is a Stock Advisor selection, and Johnson & Johnson is a choice of Income Investor. Motley Fool Options has recommended a buy calls position on Johnson & Johnson. The Fool's disclosure policy always gets a perfect score.