Based on the aggregated intelligence of 170,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, agribusiness giant Archer Daniels Midland (NYSE: ADM) has earned a respected four-star ranking.

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

ADM facts

Headquarters (Founded)

Decatur, Ill. (1898)

Market Cap

$19.8 billion


Agricultural products

Trailing-12-Month Revenue

$73.51 billion


Chairman/CEO Patricia Woertz

CFO Ray Young

Return on Equity (Average, Past 3 Years)



$1.62 billion / $14.26 billion

Dividend Yield



Bunge (NYSE: BG)

Corn Products International (NYSE: CPO)

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

On CAPS, 94% of the 2,000 members who have rated ADM believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bulls include All-Star IsleGirl2010, who is ranked in the top 2% of our community, and luckynumberseven.

Late last month , IsleGirl2010 tapped ADM as an essential selection: "A slice of agriculture for my portfolio and a taste of ethanol. Can't go wrong there -- people will always need both."

Currently, ADM even sports a cheapish forward P/E of 9.2. That represents a discount to industry peers like Bunge (11.2), Corn Products (11.2), and Cosan (NYSE: CZZ) (13.4).

CAPS member luckynumberseven elaborates on the ADM bull case:

Because people want to have a little something to fall back on with gas prices and inflation so uncertain, there will be a much larger push towards developing more ways we are not AS dependant on oil. [ADM] is the frontrunner in developing the ethanol market in the U.S. I suppose POET LLC would be a close candidate but they don't trade publicly.

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