5-Star Stocks Poised to Pop: Air Products & Chemicals

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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, hydrogen and helium supplier Air Products & Chemicals (NYS: APD) has earned a coveted five-star ranking.

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

Air Products facts

Headquarters (founded)Allentown, Pa. (1940)
Market Cap$18.9 billion
IndustryIndustrial gases
Trailing-12-Month Revenue$10.1 billion
ManagementChairman/CEO John McGlade
CFO Paul Huck
Return on Equity (average, past 3 years)18.6%
Cash/Debt$417.3 million / $4.6 billion
Dividend Yield2.8%
CompetitorsAirgas
Linde Group
Praxair

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

On CAPS, 97% of the 675 members who have rated Air Products believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward.

Late last month, one of those Fools, All-Star AWinvestments, tapped Air Products as a potent play on liquefied natural gas:

This company does several things, but I'm focusing in on LNG technology. ... LNG is an obvious choice for U.S. companies to use to tap into much higher margin markets, such as Asia. ... Thus, I see this as one of several ways to tap into the large profit potential with natural gas in the next several years. Particularly as unstable oil supplies continue to cause gas and other petrol products to skyrocket, natural gas will become a more attractive alternative.    

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At the time this article was published Fool contributor Brian Pacampara owns no position in any of the companies mentioned. 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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