4-Star Stocks Poised to Pop: United Tech


Based on the aggregated intelligence of 180,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, aerospace and defense conglomerate United Technologies (NYS: UTX) has earned a respected four-star ranking.

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

United Tech facts

Headquarters (Founded)

Hartford, Conn. (1934)

Market Cap

$63.4 billion


Aerospace and defense

Trailing-12-Month Revenue

$56.9 billion


Chairman/CEO Louis Chenevert
CFO Gregory Hayes

Return on Equity (Average, Past 3 Years)



$5.4 billion / $11.4 billion

Dividend Yield



Boeing (NYS: BA)

General Electric (NYS: GE)

Textron (NYS: TXT)

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

On CAPS, 96% of the 1,530 members who have rated United Tech believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bulls include Tradersinfo and dmbjtr135.

Just last month, Tradersinfo tapped United Tech as an "impressive Company that boasts a double-digit growth rate." Our CAPS member concludes: "While a slowdown is under way, this is still one of the most attractive companies in the Conglomerates space."

In fact, United Tech boasts a solid three-year average operating margin of 13.9%. That's higher than that of rivals like Boeing (5.1%), General Electric (9.4%), and Textron (4.2%).

CAPS member dmbjtr135 elaborates on the bull case:

UTX has a long history of dividend increases and earnings surprises to the upside. It has an incredible diversified industrial portfolio, and is currently experiencing solid organic revenue growth in all five of its segments. Stock price performance is superior to that of the S&P, not counting the 2 % dividend yield. Company has strong cash flow and free cash flow, and has a reliable and proven CEO (Louis Chenevert) and management team.

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