4-Star Stocks Poised to Pop: Mueller Water

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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, water infrastructure specialist Mueller Water Products (NYS: MWA) has earned a respected four-star ranking.

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

Mueller facts

Headquarters (Founded)Atlanta
Market Cap$426.9 million
IndustryIndustrial machinery
Trailing-12-Month Revenue$1.3 billion
ManagementChairman/CEO Gregory Hyland (since 2007)
CFO Evan Hart (since 2008)
Return on Equity (Average, Past 3 Years)0.8%
Cash/Debt$61.2 million / $678.3 million
Dividend Yield2.5%
CompetitorsAmerican Cast Iron Pipe
McWane
Tyco International

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

On CAPS, 97% of the 1,490 members who have rated Mueller believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward.  

Just last month, one of those Fools, Billiken10, tapped Mueller as a potent long-term opportunity:

[M]unicipalities are trying to cope with budget constraints, and one of the things they aren't spending money is upgrading water infrastructure. Right now, Mueller is basically surviving and waiting for clarity in the bigger macro issues. On the flip side, as long as Mueller ... stays afloat it stands to be a great buy. Eventually municipalities will need to upgrade their infrastructure because most of the infrastructure was built soon after WWII. It also has never missed a dividend payment since it first started paying it in November 2006.

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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 Mueller. 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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