Based on the aggregated intelligence of 170,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, German industrial giant Siemens (NYSE: SI) earned a respected four-star ranking.

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

Siemens facts

Headquarters (founded) Munich (1847)
Market Cap $105.8 billion
Industry Industrial conglomerates
Trailing-12-Month Revenue $100.6 billion

CEO Peter Loescher (since 2007)

CFO Joe Kaeser (since 2006)

Return on Equity (average, past 3 years) 9.6%
Cash/Debt $22.5 billion / $26.4 billion
Dividend Yield 1.8%


General Electric (NYSE: GE)

Eaton (NYSE: ETN)

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

On CAPS, 95% of the 731 members who have rated Siemens believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bulls include BriteWorld and All-Star turtle286.

Just last week, BriteWorld tapped Siemens as a well-run opportunity:

Restructuring of company under "new" CEO (formerly with GE and [Merck]) has made the company more competitive and agile in comparison to GE, who refuses to shed bad companies. [I]ts [business] outside of Germany should grow nicely in healthcare, hi speed trains, and gas turbines.

Over the next five years, Siemens is even expected to grow its bottom line (35.1% per annum) at a faster pace than rivals ABB (1.25%), GE (13.3%), and Eaton (10.5%), as well as other big-cap conglomerates Honeywell (NYSE: HON) (13.2%) and Emerson Electric (NYSE: EMR) (15%). More importantly, with Siemens sporting a paltry PEG of 0.4, you won't have to pay too high of a price for those prospects.

CAPS All-Star turtle286 sums up the bull case:

With the push for more rail building here in the states they will have more business as we don't tend to build "fast" trains in this country, that accompanied with the Fed pushing the dollar down pick any foreign corporate entity and you'll do alright. I think of them as GE without the capital side and run with German efficiency.

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