Based on the aggregated intelligence of 115,000 investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) has earned a respected four-star ranking. While five-star stocks have been the best performers, our data has shown that four-star stocks still outshine the market by a significant margin and shouldn't be taken lightly; conversely, low-rated stocks have woefully lagged the market average.

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

Apple facts

Headquarters (Founded)

Cupertino, Calif. (1976)

Market Cap

$157.80 billion

Industry

Computer Hardware

TTM Revenue

$30.88 billion

Management

Co-Founder & CEO Steve Jobs
CFO Peter Oppenheimer

Return on Equity (avg. last three years)

26.2%

CAPS members bullish on AAPL also bullish on

Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT)
Cisco Systems (NASDAQ:CSCO)
General Electric (NYSE:GE)

CAPS members bearish on AAPL also bearish on

Research In Motion (NASDAQ:RIMM)
Dell (NASDAQ:DELL)
General Motors (NYSE:GM)

Sources: Capital IQ, a division of Standard & Poor's, and Motley Fool CAPS. TTM = trailing 12 months.

Over on CAPS, fully 3,551 of the 3,743 All-Star members who have rated Apple -- some 95% -- believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward. These All-Star bulls include bizman12 and wcool323, both of whom are ranked in the top 5% of our community.

In February, bizman12 reminded our community that Apple:

... is one of the most innovative tech companies today. Their products and their commercials all make you want to buy their stuff whether you need it or not. I have used Macs in my business for 20 years and they only get better. This is a stock to put in your IRA, tuck it away and forget about it.

A more recent pitch from sandvig two months ago followed that bullish line of thinking, emphasizing Apple's long-term durability:

There's no doubt about there being a sustained energy and enthusiasm for Apple products. The folks at Apple know this for a fact, and they are looking to do bigger and better things at this company, and will increase market share in all areas of their business, I think starting with 3G. I think Apple is a long term pick, and I mean long term, with a very high return potential. Not to worry, this isn't some fly-by-night company that will disappear into the ether anytime soon.

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