Based on the aggregated intelligence of 180,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, defense contractor Raytheon (NYS: RTN) has earned a respected four-star ranking.
With that in mind, let's take a closer look at Raytheon's business and see what CAPS investors are saying about the stock right now.
Waltham, Mass. (1922)
Aerospace and defense
Chairman/CEO William Swanson
Return on Equity (average, past 3 years)
$2.9 billion / $4.6 billion
Sources: S&P Capital IQ and Motley Fool CAPS.
On CAPS, 95% of the 1,350 members who have rated Raytheon believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward.
The threat of sequestration is the bugaboo about this stock, but I'm optimistic that we'll avoid the dreaded fiscal cliff -- and if any defense company can thrive even in the face of sequestration, it's overbooked Raytheon. Healthy company, nice dividend, low payout ratio. What's not to like?
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