Based on the aggregated intelligence of 170,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, diversified holding company Loews Corp. (NYSE: L) has earned a respected four-star ranking.

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

Loews facts

Headquarters (Founded) New York (1954)
Market Cap $16.97 billion
Industry Multi-line insurance / oil & gas drilling
Trailing-12-Month Revenue $14.57 billion
Management Co-Chairman Andrew Tisch
Co-Chairman Jonathan Tisch
CEO James Tisch
Return on Equity (Average, Past 3 Years) 6.3%
Cash/Debt $7.05 billion / $9.56 billion
Dividend Yield 0.6%

Berkshire Hathaway (NYSE: BRK-A)

Kinder Morgan Energy Partners (NYSE: KMP)

Noble (NYSE: NE)

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

On CAPS, 93% of the 524 members who have rated Loews believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bulls include All-Star catoismymotor, who is ranked in the top 5% of our community, and donsguesswork.

Late last year, catoismymotor tapped Loews as an ideal stock for the long-run:

The same family has run this machine for decades, know what they are doing. They are bouncing back, on their way up. If you are into [long-term buy and hold] this one should be on your watch list.

Currently, Loews even sports a cheapish price-to-book of 0.9. That represents a discount to rivals on both sides of its business, including both fellow insurer Berkshire Hathaway (1.2) as well as energy producers Kinder Morgan (3.4) and Noble (1.4).

CAPS member donsguesswork expands on the outperform argument:

Loews is a diversified investor with several irons in the fire, including [CNA Financial], [Diamond Offshore], [Boardwalk Pipeline]. ... [Highmount] Exploration and production, the newest subsidiary concentrates only on its permian basin play in Texas. A few years ago Loews sold tobacco company and other businesses trying to position itself to weather the coming hyper inflation that comes when a country borrows 40% or more to survive. Lowes ... is in control of its own destiny.

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