Based on the aggregated intelligence of 180,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, industrial gases producer Praxair
With that in mind, let's take a closer look at Praxair's business and see what CAPS investors are saying about the stock right now.
|Headquarters (Founded)||Danbury, Conn. (1907)|
|Market Cap||$28.8 billion|
|Trailing-12-Month Revenue||$11.1 billion|
|Management||CEO Stephen Angel (since 2007)
CFO James Sawyer (since 2000)
|Return on Equity (Average, Past 3 Years)||23.1%|
|Cash/Debt||$125 million / $6.31 billion|
Air Products and Chemicals
Sources: S&P Capital IQ and Motley Fool CAPS.
Just last month, sainitaly touched on a couple of Praxair's positives: "[G]rowing share in Asia (where most future global growth will occur); a commitment ... to reducing natural resources use/environmental impact."
Praxair even boasts a robust three-year average operating margin of 19.4%. That's higher than that of main rival Air Products (15.7%), as well as more conventional industrial plays like General Electric
CAPS member jpriley47 elaborates on the Praxair bull case:
Strong business, strong base of operations, expanding into emerging markets rapidly and an environmentally conscious company. Contracts provide for relatively stable profits with on-site production. Will be stable during recessions and will expand rapidly as global growth begins to increase.
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