Based on the aggregated intelligence of 170,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, hydrogen and helium supplier Air Products & Chemicals (NYSE: APD) has earned a respected four-star ranking.

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

Air Products facts

Headquarters (founded)

Allentown, Pa. (1940)

Market Cap

$18.9 billion


Diversified chemicals and industrial gases

Trailing-12-Month Revenue

$9.24 billion


Chairman/CEO John McGlade

CFO Paul Huck

Return on Equity (average, past 3 years)



$255.3 million / $3.99 billion

Dividend Yield



Airgas (NYSE: ARG)

Praxair (NYSE: PX)

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

On CAPS, 97% of the 644 members who have rated Air Products believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bulls include lenvan and mrindependent, who is ranked in the top 2% of our community.

Three weeks ago, lenvan touched on the factors working in Air Products' favor:

Every human endeavor requires industrial gas. The barriers to entry are very high as the industry is very capital intensive. [Air Products] is well positioned in Asia and has excellent management.

Currently, Air Products sports a P/E of 18.3. That represents a discount to main rivals Airgas (23.3) and Praxair (25.3), as well as other chemical plays such as Dow Chemical (NYSE: DOW) (20.8).

Last October, CAPS All-Star mrindependent expanded on Air Products as an ideal income opportunity:

This stock qualifies for my high stable dividends screen. ... The idea of the screen is to look for stocks that meet the following criteria: (1) dividend yields above 2% (2) stock seems undervalued and (3) dividend appears to be sustainable or growing. The current dividend of Air Products and Chemicals is about 2.4%. Current ROE is 20%.

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