Based on the aggregated intelligence of 160,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, chemical and ammunition specialist Olin (NYSE: OLN) has earned a respected four-star ranking.

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

Olin facts

Headquarters (Founded)

Clayton, Mo. (1892)

Market Cap

$1.5 billion


Diversified chemicals

Trailing-12-Month Revenue

$1.5 billion


CEO Joseph Rupp (since 2002)
CFO John Fischer (since 2005)

Return on Equity (Average, Past 3 Years)



$458.5 million / $398.4 million

Dividend Yield



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

On CAPS, 96.5% of the 521 members who have rated Olin believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bulls include ManOReason72 and dumberthanafool.

About two months ago, ManOReason72 advised Fools to load up for the long haul: "Has the makings of a value buy -- strong dividend yield, good P/S, P/B, and P/E. 5-yr time horizon due to cyclical natural of salt business."

In a pitch from last month, dumberthanafool offered a more balanced bullish view:

High dividend. Modest payout ratio suggesting there is the possibility of growth of the dividend; BUT, my problem with [Olin] is that it historically raises dividends RARELY. And I mean rarely. ... Also I don't like that chlor-alkali prices are so volatile. Still, I think it's a good company, run well, and I like the ammunition business. Debt is relatively low, less than 50% of equity. The current ratio is high. ... [H]ave no problem holding, and seeking modest growth from a good company that doesn't keep me up worrying at night.

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Fool contributor Brian Pacampara owns no position in any of the companies mentioned. The Fool's disclosure policy always gets a perfect score.