4-Star Stocks Poised to Pop: Eaton

Based on the aggregated intelligence of 180,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, industrial parts provider Eaton (NYS: ETN) has earned a respected four-star ranking.

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

Eaton facts

Headquarters (Founded)Cleveland (1916)
Market Cap$13.9 billion
IndustryIndustrial machinery
Trailing-12-Month Revenue$15.1 billion

CEO Alexander Cutler (since 2000)

CFO Richard Fearon (since 2002)

Return on Equity (Average, Past 3 Years)11.5%
Cash/Debt$883 million / $3.77 billion
Dividend Yield3.3%


Johnson Controls (NYS: JCI)

Honeywell International (NYS: HON)

Sources: Capital IQ (a division of Standard & Poor's) and Motley Fool CAPS.

On CAPS, 97% of the 764 members who have rated Eaton believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bulls include All-Star 4thRockFool, who is ranked in the top 15% of our community, and ruggedcrosspro.

This week, 4thRockFool tapped Eaton as timely bargain:

Well run but battered blue chip with low P/E and nice dividend of ~3.5%. When economic recovery comes, ETN should outperform. In the meantime, dividend provides some protection and beats parking your money in treasuries or money market funds.

In fact, Eaton currently sports a cheapish forward P/E of 8.5. That represents a slight discount to competitors like ITT (8.9), Johnson Controls (9.8), and Honeywell (9.8).

CAPS member ruggedcrosspro elaborates on the bargain opportunity:

Perhaps not the most glamorous, it is nonetheless a very consistent company (and has split several times over the many years i've owned it) and pays its dividend quarter after quarter after quarter. I don't understand the recent price drop -- it's definitely not based on its quarterly performance. But on the upside, it's relatively cheap to buy now (and I'm buying more shares as my limited means allow). It's definitely a long-term play, but it has very little downside.

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