Based on the aggregated intelligence of 180,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, diversified technology company 3M has earned a coveted five-star ranking.

With that in mind, let's take a closer look at 3M, and see what CAPS investors are saying about the stock right now.

3M facts

 

 

Headquarters (founded)

St. Paul, Minn. (1902)

Market Cap

$62.9 billion

Industry

Industrial conglomerates

Trailing-12-Month Revenue

$29.6 billion

Management

Chairman/CEO Inge Thulin

CFO David Meline

Return on Equity (average, past 3 years)

26.7%

Cash/Debt

$5.0 billion / $6.4 billion

Dividend Yield

2.6%

Competitors

Avery Dennison

DuPont

Johnson & Johnson


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

On CAPS, 97% of the 4,583 members who have rated 3M believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward.

Just last month, one of those bulls, JohnCLeven, succinctly summed up the bull case for our community:

[3M] is like a coiled spring. For the past 8 years, the stock price has remained stagnant, while the intrinsic value keeps growing and growing. Like clockwork, [3M's] return on invested capital comes [is] consistently around 20% while its weighted cost of capital comes in around 6%. ... [3M's] price will eventually have to catch up to the fundamentals. Outperform.

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The article Why 3M Is Poised to Outperform originally appeared on Fool.com.

Fool contributor Brian Pacampara has no positions in the stocks mentioned above. The Motley Fool owns shares of Johnson & Johnson. Motley Fool newsletter services recommend Johnson & Johnson and 3M Company. Try any of our Foolish newsletter services free for 30 days. We Fools may not 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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