Based on the aggregated intelligence of 170,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, construction and engineering specialist Shaw Group (NYSE: SHAW) has earned a respected four-star ranking.

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

Shaw facts

Headquarters (Founded) Baton Rouge, La. (1987)
Market Cap $3.09 billion
Industry Construction and engineering
Trailing-12-Month Revenue $6.5 billion

Founder/Chairman/CEO James Bernhard, Jr.

CFO Brian Ferraioli

Return on Equity (Average, Past 3 Years) 6.5%
Cash/Debt $2.15 billion / $1.61 billion


General Electric (NYSE: GE)


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

On CAPS, 94% of the 626 members who have rated Shaw believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bulls include patternpro and All-Star thelongviewman, who is ranked in the top 6% of our community.

Late last month, patternpro tapped Shaw as a particularly timely pick: "nuclear plants will be reevaluating safety and making updates all over the world. we need the power that nuclear provides. ... shaw will benefit from updates as well as designing new facilities."

Over the next five years, in fact, Shaw is expected to grow its bottom line at a solid rate of 16.7%. That's faster than listed rivals AECOM (12.5%), General Electric (11.9%), and URS (9.3%).

CAPS All-Star thelongviewman elaborates on the bargain opportunity:

The earthquake in Japan was an awful natural disaster, and my heartfelt sympathies go out to all of those who have been affected by it. But folks, this does not hail the end of the Nuclear Energy industry any more than it portends the end of people choosing to live near the oceans. ...

In real news (you have to actually search for this stuff because it won't make headlines):

"At this time, we do not believe there will be an impact on Shaw's nuclear projects currently under construction in the United States and China," CEO J.M. Bernhard Jr. said in a statement. "Our customers have indicated they intend to move forward."

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