Back in June, our new CAPS screening tool -- which utilizes the collective intelligence of the 115,000 members of the free investment community -- called the demises of Fannie Mae, Lehman Brothers, Washington Mutual (NYSE:WM), and Merrill Lynch (NYSE:MER). But keeping in mind that ugly stocks can make great opportunities, I wanted to see if our screener would be equally successful picking attractive financial stocks.

These financial stocks also have:

  • Market capitalizations greater than $1 billion.
  • At least 300 active picks.
  • Five-star ratings, the highest possible, from our CAPS community.

Remember, in the first 20 months for which we have data, CAPS' five-star companies outperformed the market with an average annualized gain of 12%.


Share Price

Market Cap (in billions)

Apollo Investment (NASDAQ:AINV)



Brookfield Asset Management (NYSE:BAM)



Jones Lang LaSalle (NYSE:JLL)



Lloyds (NYSE:LYG)






Data from Motley Fool CAPS and Yahoo! Finance as of Sept. 23.

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Ilan Moscovitz has never skydived, nor does he own any of the companies mentioned in this article. Lloyds and Nasdaq OMX are Motley Fool Inside Value selections. Jones Lang LaSalle is a Motley Fool Hidden Gems pick. Brookfield Asset Management is a Global Gains pick. Apollo Investment is a Motley Fool Hidden Gems Pay Dirt and an Income Investor recommendation. The Fool has a daredevil disclosure policy.