5-Star Stocks Poised to Pop: Corning

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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, specialty glass and ceramics giant Corning (NYS: GLW) has earned a coveted five-star ranking.

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

Corning facts

Headquarters (Founded)Corning, N.Y. (1851)
Market Cap$20.7 billion
IndustryElectronic components
Trailing-12-Month Revenue$7.77 billion
ManagementChairman/CEO Wendell Weeks
Vice Chairman/CFO James Flaws
Return on Equity (Average, Past 3 Years)15.6%
Cash/Debt$6.42 billion / $2.31 billion
Dividend Yield2.3%
Competitors3M (NYS: MMM)
Becton Dickinson (NYS: BDX)
TE Connectivity (NYS: TEL)

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

On CAPS, 98% of the 4,770 members who have rated Corning believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bulls include useless33 and ikkyu2, who is ranked in the top 2% of our community.

Earlier this week, useless33 tapped Corning as a crystal clear bargain opportunity:

The company is trading at a 6-7 multiple for what appears to be concern over LCDs (A significant chunk of sales), and Gorilla Glass. Even if you factor in a large slowdown for those two elements, you've got a money-making company paying a 2% dividend with a wide moat and a diverse array of products. Sounds like a not-so-terrible deal.

In fact, Corning currently sports a paltry P/E of 6.2. That represents a clear discount to competitors like 3M (13.1), Becton Dickinson (12.8), and TE Connectivity (11.1).

CAPS All-Star ikkyu2 elaborates on the bull case:

Best-in-breed when it comes to specialty glasses of all kinds. Household word due to their Visions cookware; also make flatpanel TV screens, smartphone screens, etc. Competition has to explain why Corning's product is too expensive or isn't as good in every case; and in some cases (i.e. iPhone 4 glass, which isn't Gorilla Glass) competition is clearly inferior. Corning has set the standard in glass for nearly a century.

I think we're looking at a pretty basic discounted cyclical value play. Anyone with a long term investment horizon ought to be happy to get this company at this price.

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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 Corning, Becton Dickinson, and 3M, as well as creating a diagonal call position in 3M. 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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