4-Star Stocks Poised to Pop: Praxair

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

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

Praxair facts

Headquarters (founded)

Danbury, Conn. (1907)

Market Cap

$32.8 billion


Industrial gases

Trailing-12-Month Revenue

$11.3 billion


Chairman/CEO Stephen Angel
CFO James Sawyer

Return on Equity (average, past 3 years)



$90.0 million / $6.6 billion

Dividend Yield



Air Products & Chemicals
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The Linde Group

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

On CAPS, 96% of the 690 members who have rated Praxair believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward.

Just last month, one of those Fools, All-Star rd80, tapped the stock as solid income opportunity:

Praxair issued bonds a while back and include share repurchase in the use of proceeds. Bond move so I did a little research to see if it was also a Foolish move.

Turns out the company is fairly priced with a solid track record of earnings and dividend growth. In fact, if the 19-year streak of [dividend] hikes continues, using record low interest borrowing to buy shares probably improves after tax cash flow in a couple of years.

Combine that with a business -- industrial gasses -- that should improve as the economy recovers and a green thumb is in order.

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