Based on the aggregated intelligence of 180,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, electric utility UIL Holdings (NYSE: UIL) has earned a coveted five-star ranking.

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

UIL facts

Headquarters (founded) New Haven, Conn. (1899)
Market Cap $1.7 billion
Industry Electric utilities
Trailing-12-Month Revenue $1.6 billion
Management CEO James Torgerson (since 2006)
CFO Richard Nicholas (since 2005)
Return on Equity (average, past 3 years) 8.7%
Cash/Debt $31.0 million / $1.8 billion
Dividend Yield 5.2%
Competitors Central Vermont Public Service
Iberdrola USA
Northeast Utilities

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

On CAPS, 94% of the 72 members who have rated UIL believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward.  

Earlier this year, one of those bulls, kurtdabear, tapped the stock as a solid income opportunity:

UIL is a lot different company than it was a couple of years ago, having expanded through accretive acquisition. Because of the acquisitions, its debt is a bit higher than some peers, but not that bad as public utilities go. The 5 % [dividend yield] is above average and should be sustainable based on the current pay-out ratio vs. rising earnings.

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