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$45.6 billion
IndustryHeavy electrical equipment
Trailing-12-Month Revenue$38.5 billion
ManagementCEO Joseph Hogan (since 2008)
CFO Michel Demare (since 2005)
Return on Equity (Average, Past 3 Years)20.0%
Cash/Debt$5.2 billion / $9.2 billion
Dividend Yield3.5%
CompetitorsSiemens
Honeywell International
Emerson Electric

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

On CAPS, 98% of the 1,817 members who have rated ABB believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward.

Earlier this summer, one of those bulls, mwlove, tapped ABB as a particularly attractive value opportunity:

I've taken a beating on my European picks so far this year, but I'm undaunted. There are a lot of great companies on the continent, just waiting for a little spark. ABB is one of the best. Great company, bargain price, splendid dividend. ABB can survive the crisis and thrive once the recession has run its course.

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The article 5-Star Stocks Poised to Pop: ABB originally appeared on Fool.com.

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