Based on the aggregated intelligence of 115,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, Allied Irish Banks (NYSE:AIB) has earned a coveted five-star ranking. Our data has shown that five-star stocks outperform the market by a significant margin; conversely, one-star stocks have woefully lagged the market average.

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

Allied Irish Banks facts

Headquarters (Founded)

Dublin, Ireland (1825)

Market Cap

$10.6 billion


Diversified Banks

Trailing-12-Month Revenue

$8.05 billion


CEO Eugene Sheehy,

Finance Director John O'Donnell

Return on Equity (average last three years)


Major Competitors

Bank of Ireland (NYSE:IRE)

Barclays (NYSE:BCS)

CAPS Members Bullish on AIB Also Bullish on:

Cemex (NYSE:CX)

Starbucks (NASDAQ:SBUX)

CAPS Members Bearish on AIB Also Bearish on:

Lehman Brothers (NYSE:LEH)

Wachovia (NYSE:WB)

Sources: Capital IQ (a division of Standard & Poor's) and Motley Fool CAPS.

Over on CAPS, some 98% of the 439 All-Star members who have rated Allied Irish Banks believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward. These All-Star bulls include tuffsledding and kpscott, both of whom are ranked in the top 10% of our community.

In February, tuffsledding says of Allied Irish:

Well managed bank unjustly punished as a result of the sub-prime fiasco. Their balance sheet is in far better shape, they have shareholder-friendly, conservative management. This is a gift from a panicked market.

A more recent pitch by kpscott last month follows that contrarian line of thinking, highlighting the stock as a tantalizing turnaround bet:

This is an outstanding performer in a beaten down sector. There's a very small group of banks that have been able to RAISE dividends in this environment. I think it speaks volumes about the health of the company. 2 years ago, if I had been offered stock in a bank with a cheap source of funds, increasing dividend (yield already 7%), and single digit P/E, I'd jump at the chance.

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