Based on the aggregated intelligence of 180,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, electrical products maker Emerson Electric (NYSE: EMR) has earned a coveted five-star ranking.

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

Emerson facts

Headquarters (Founded) St. Louis (1890)
Market Cap $35.6 billion
Industry Electrical components and equipment
Trailing-12-Month Revenue $23.52 billion

Chairman/CEO David Farr 

President/COO Edward Monser

Return on Equity (Average, Past 3 Years) 22%
Cash/Debt $1.78 billion / $5.22 billion
Dividend Yield 3%


General Electric (NYSE: GE) 

Hitachi (NYSE: HIT)

Sources: S&P Capital IQ and Motley Fool CAPS.

On CAPS, 98% of the 1,365 members who have rated Emerson believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bulls include ethwc and Joulesh.

This past summer, ethwc listed several of Emerson's positives: "Solid line of products with international market. Good dividend. Company appears to have ethical board of directors."

Emerson even boasts a solid three-year average operating margin of 16.6%. That's higher than rival industrial gorillas ABB (13.1%), General Electric (9.4%), and Hitachi (2.8%).

CAPS member Joulesh expands on the outperform argument:

EMR is a great balance between value and growth. Nice share price to owner earnings ratio, great ROE, nice growth in earnings, low P/E and GREAT CEO. This is one to own for the long-term and load up on during the dips. It has gone down since I added it to my CAPS, I probably should have waited for a dip, but over the long-term it won't matter much.

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