5-Star Stocks Poised to Pop: ABB

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Based on the aggregated intelligence of 180,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, Swiss electrical-engineering giant ABB (NYS: ABB) has earned a coveted five-star ranking.

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

ABB facts

Headquarters (founded)

Zurich (1883)

Market Cap

$43.7 billion

Industry

Heavy electrical equipment

Trailing-12-Month Revenue

$35.16 billion

Management

CEO Joseph Hogan (since 2008)

CFO Michel Demare (since 2005)

Return on Equity (average, past 3 years)

20.4%

Cash/Debt

$4.92 billion / $3.66 billion

Dividend Yield

3.4%

Competitors

General Electric (NYS: GE)

Siemens (NYS: SI)

Honeywell International (NYS: HON)

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

On CAPS, 98% of the 1,776 members who have rated ABB believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bulls include All-Star GundersonGroup, who is ranked in the top 10% of our community, and sikiliza.

Just last month, GundersonGroup tapped ABB as a powerful bargain pick: "14 PE on an energy efficiency powerhouse with a global presence? Energy efficiency is one of the few remaining profit centers that have remained relatively untapped."

ABB even boasts a solid three-year average operating margin of 13%. That's higher than that of other industrial giants such as General Electric (10%), Siemens (8%), and Honeywell (10%).

CAPS member sikiliza expands on the ABB outperform argument:

Well run company with global operations and an experienced managed team. Think GE without GE capital and need for political expediency and you are thinking ABB. The lower institutional holdings also make it a great "fly below the radar" stock with excellent medium to long term returns.

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At the time this article was published Fool contributor Brian Pacampara owns no position in any of the companies mentioned. Motley Fool newsletter services have recommended buying shares of ABB. Try any of our Foolish newsletter services free for 30 days.We Fools may not all hold the same opinions, but we all believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. The Fool's disclosure policy always gets a perfect score.

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