Based on the aggregated intelligence of 180,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, data warehousing specialist Teradata (NYSE: TDC) has earned a respected four-star ranking.

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

Teradata facts

Headquarters (Founded) Dayton, Ohio (1979)
Market Cap $9.78 billion
Industry IT consulting and other services
Trailing-12-Month Revenue $2.24 billion
Management

CEO Michael Koehler

CFO Stephen Scheppmann

Return on Equity (Average, Past 3 Years) 29.3%
Cash/Debt $691 million / $293 million
Competitors

EMC (NYSE: EMC)

Hewlett-Packard (NYSE: HPQ)

Oracle (Nasdaq: ORCL)


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

On CAPS, 95% of the 507 members who have rated Teradata believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bulls include kkch3n and Icculus97.

This past summer, kkch3n touched on the tailwinds working in Teradata's favor:

Data services is, of course, growing. IT is booming. ... Larger competitors like IBM and Oracle have their hands in too many businesses. This is lean and focused.

In fact, Teradata boasts a robust three-year average return on capital of 23.6%. That's much higher than that of competitors such as EMC (7.6%), Hewlett-Packard (12.8%), and Oracle (14.8%).

CAPS member Icculus97 elaborates on the Teradata bull case:

Companies are getting smarter at how they do business. Analyzing data as a reflective business practice is a growing trend, and there doesn't seem to be any slowing in the amount of data spilling out into the ether ... or in Teradata's case, into their data warehouses.

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