Based on the aggregated intelligence of 180,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, specialty chemicals company Albemarle (NYSE: ALB) has earned a respected four-star ranking.

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

Albemarle facts

Headquarters (founded) Baton Rouge, La. (1993)
Market Cap $5.6 billion
Industry Specialty chemicals
Trailing-12-Month Revenue $2.9 billion
Management CEO Luther Kissam (since 2011)
CFO Scott Tozier (since 2011)
Return on Equity (average, past 3 years) 24.3%
Cash/Debt $519.4 million / $756.7 million
Dividend Yield 1.3%
Competitors Chemtura
ICL Industrial Products
W.R. Grace & Co.

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

On CAPS, 94% of the 236 members who have rated Albemarle believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward.  

A few months ago, one of those Fools, All-Star BudandMolly, tapped Albemarle as a solid income opportunity: "Well run company with strong history of dividend increases, even during the past 3 years. This is a sleeper with a strong product line that positions it well for an economic recovery. Buy on dips."

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