Based on the aggregated intelligence of 180,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, Internet search gorilla Google (NASDAQ: GOOG ) has earned a respected four-star ranking.
With that in mind, let's take a closer look at Google and see what CAPS investors are saying about the stock right now.
Mountain View, Calif. (1998)
Internet software and services
Co-Founder/CEO Larry Page
Co-Founder/Assistant Secretary Sergey Brin
Return on Equity (average, past 3 years)
$48.1 billion/$7.2 billion
Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL )
Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT )
Yahoo! (NASDAQ: YHOO )
On CAPS, 86% of the 18,029 members who have rated Google believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward.
Just last month, one of those Fools, All-Star MrOneHundred, succinctly summed up the bull case for our community:
Google has penetrated our lifestyle in nearly limitless ways, is used by almost everyone I know as their home page, has immense cash and political power to maintain its position in the market, and is constantly trying to get more involved with our lives (i.e. tablets). It's very hard to see this company dying away in the next 30 years even. ... [T]his company seems like a good buy and hold for the long run.
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