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:GOOGL) 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.

Google facts

Headquarters (founded)

Mountain View, Calif. (1998)

Market Cap

$224.8 billion

Industry

Internet software and services

Trailing-12-Month Revenue

$47.5 billion

Management

Co-Founder/CEO Larry Page

CFO Patrick Pichette

Return on Equity (average, past 3 years)

19.1%

Cash/Debt

$44.6 billion / $7.9 billion

Competitors

Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL)

Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT)

Yahoo! (NASDAQ:YHOO)

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

On CAPS, 86% of the 17,945 members who have rated Google believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward.

A couple of months ago, one of those Fools, GenFrogKing, succinctly summed up the bull case for our community:

Not only has Google made some very wise, all empowering decisions, but the company has become so fundamental to American society that the word is practically synonymous with "Help me out here!" I use Google, my family uses Google, most people I know use Google! Google is also ahead of the game as far as Big Data analytics is concerned and the business continues to acquire new powerful companies. It's only a matter of time before Google owns the world.

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Fool contributor Brian Pacampara has no positions in the stocks mentioned above. The Motley Fool owns shares of Apple, Google, and Microsoft. Motley Fool newsletter services recommend Apple, Google, and Microsoft. 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.