Based on the aggregated intelligence of 180,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, rocket and space system manufacturer Orbital Sciences (NYS: ORB) has earned a respected four-star ranking.

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

Orbital facts

Headquarters (Founded)

Dulles, Va. (1982)

Market Cap

$771.7 million

Industry

Aerospace and defense

Trailing-12-Month Revenue

$1.4 billion

Management

Co-Founder/Chairman/CEO David Thompson
Vice Chairman/CFO Garrett Pierce

Return on Equity (Average, Past 3 Years)

9.6%

Cash/Debt

$227.5 million / $135.7 million

Competitors

Boeing (NYS: BA)
Lockheed Martin
(NYS: LMT)
Northrop Grumman
(NYS: NOC)


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

On CAPS, 96% of the 360 members who have rated Orbital believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward.

Just yesterday, one of those bulls, jimpiccard, touched on the tailwinds working in Orbital's favor: "Orbital specializes in small spacecraft and launchers -- the type of activity likely to see an increase from the [Department of Defense] as defense budgets become tighter. Also expect them to [perform] well on a major space station resupply NASA contract, which can lead to more of same after this one is completed."

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The article Why Orbital Sciences Is Ready for Liftoff originally appeared on Fool.com.

Fool contributor Brian Pacampara has no positions in the stocks mentioned above. The Motley Fool owns shares of Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman, and Orbital Sciences. Motley Fool newsletter services recommend Orbital Sciences. Try any of our Foolish newsletter services free for 30 days. We Fools don't 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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