4-Star Stocks Poised to Pop: Valmont Industries

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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, infrastructure and irrigation company Valmont Industries (NYS: VMI) has earned a respected four-star ranking.

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

Valmont facts

Headquarters (founded)Omaha, Neb. (1946)
Market Cap$3.3 billion
IndustryIndustrial machinery
Trailing-12-Month Revenue$2.8 billion
ManagementChairman/CEO Mogens Bay
Principal Accounting Officer Mark Jaksich
Return on Equity (average, past 3 years)17.5%
Cash/Debt$339.6 million / $486.6 million
Dividend Yield0.6%
CompetitorsAjax Metal Processing
Lindsay
Thomas & Betts

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

On CAPS, 96% of the 287 members who have rated Valmont believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward.

Just yesterday, one of those bulls, 1picks, brought Valmont's current operating momentum to our community's attention:

Guess who makes all those wonderful lighting fixtures you see along highways? And the huge irrigation pipe thingees for agriculture? Valmont Industries. They're doing very well. Profits are up. Dividend is up. Guidance is up. So are the shares.

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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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