Why Praxair Is Poised to Pop

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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, atmospheric and process gas producer Praxair has earned a respected four-star ranking.  

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

Praxair facts

Headquarters (founded)

Danbury, Conn. (1907)

Market Cap

$33.9 billion

Industry

Industrial gases

Trailing-12-Month Revenue

$11.3 billion

Management

Chairman/CEO Stephen Angel

CFO James Sawyer

24.7%

Cash / Debt

$113.0 million / $8.7 billion

Dividend Yield

2.1%

Competitors

Air Products & Chemicals


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

On CAPS, 96% of the 695 members who have rated Praxair believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward.

Just yesterday, one of those Fools, TMFTailwind, succinctly summed up the Praxair bull case for our community:

-Customers sign long-term contracts that are indexed for inflation, which will protect margins over time (especially so in an inflationary period)
-Provides a vital product (gas) to numerous manufacturing/processing industries
-Generates strong operating cash flows and solid profit margins, and looks set to do so for a long time  

If you want market-thumping returns, you need to put together the best portfolio you can. Of course, despite a strong four-star rating, Praxair may not be your top choice.

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The article Why Praxair Is Poised to Pop originally appeared on Fool.com.

Motley Fool contributor Brian Pacampara has no position in any stocks mentioned. The Motley Fool has no position in any of the stocks 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 Motley Fool has a disclosure policy.

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