Based on the aggregated intelligence of 170,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, farm equipment maker Deere & Co. (NYSE: DE) has earned a respected four-star ranking.

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

Deere facts

Headquarters (Founded)

Moline, Ill. (1837)

Market Cap

$34.5 billion

Industry

Farm and construction machinery

Trailing-12-Month Revenue

$29.1 billion

Management

CEO Samuel Allen (since 2009)

CFO James Field (since 2009)

Return on Equity (Average, Past 3 Years)

25.5%

Cash/Debt

$3.52 billion / $26.12 billion

Dividend Yield

2%

Competitors

Caterpillar (NYSE: CAT)

CNH Global (NYSE: CNH)

Kubota (NYSE: KUB)

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

On CAPS, 95.5% of the 2,671 members who have rated Deere 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 Stimulant.  

Late last month , IsleGirl2010 touched on the tailwinds working in the stock's favor:

Agriculture is the next boom (or one of them) -- Deere is a strong brand and is penetrating China. Previous earnings was a disappointment to investors because they didn't increase outlook but earnings have been strong. I want this one for long term.

In fact, Deere currently sports a cheapish P/E of 14.1. That represents a slight discount to direct competitors Caterpillar (18.0), CNH (16.6), and Kubota (16.8).

CAPS member Stimulant elaborates on the Deere bull case:

The world population is growing ever larger and farming-land is not. Hence, food-prices are on average, on the rise. This creates a need and motivation to invest in agricultural equipment and machinery, to maximize the yield of farms.
Deere is poised to capitalize on that trend.

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