Based on the aggregated intelligence of 120,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, Royal Bank of Canada (NYSE:RY) 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 Royal Bank's business, and see what CAPS investors are saying about the stock right now.

Royal Bank facts

Headquarters (founded)

Toronto, Canada (1864)

Market Cap

$37.1 billion

Industry

Diversified banks

Trailing-12-Month Revenue

$16.1 billion

Management

CEO Gordon Nixon (since 2001)
CFO Janice Fukakusa (since 2004)

Return on Equity (average last three years)

20.7%

Dividend Yield

7.2%

Competitors

Bank of Montreal (NYSE:BMO)
CIBC (NYSE:CM)

CAPS members bullish on RY also bullish on:

ScotiaBank (NYSE:BNS)
Bank of America (NYSE:BAC)

CAPS members bearish on RY also bearish on:

Toronto-Dominion Bank (NYSE:TD)
Wells Fargo (NYSE:WFC)

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

Over on CAPS, 93% of the 460 members who have rated Royal Bank believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward. These Fools include GrantQ and nathanmcdo.

Four days ago, GrantQ tossed the stock into an attractive basket of Canadian banks:

Canadian banks are the best in the world right now. Guaranteed money-makers even in today's economy. And now they've gone through the pain of writing down bad US debt & issuing new stock, they're poised to recover strongly.

In an earlier pitch from late last month, nathanmcdo tapped Royal Bank as an ideal northern stock for the long run:

Fantastic yields, and fantastic company, the Canadian banks are a shining star in a dark dark night of the financial world ... and this stock as all financial stocks has been beat down. Currently trading at a little below its intrinsic value, and with cheap ratios, and a very high yield, that they will maintain and continue to increase. Also is the largest of the fantastic Canadian Banks.

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Fool contributor Brian Pacampara owns no position in any of the companies mentioned. ScotiaBank and Bank of America are Motley Fool Income Investor picks. The Fool's disclosure policy always gets a perfect score.