Based on the aggregated intelligence of 130,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, Charles Schwab (NASDAQ:SCHW), the nation's largest discount brokerage, has earned a respected four-star ranking.

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

Schwab facts

Headquarters (founded)

San Francisco (1971)

Market Cap

$21.87 billion


Investment Brokerage

TTM Revenue

$4.95 billion


Founder/Chairman Charles Schwab Jr.

CEO Walter Bettinger, II

Return on Equity (average, last three years)


Dividend Yield



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CAPS members bullish on SCHW also bullish on

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CAPS members bearish on SCHW also bearish on

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

Over on CAPS, fully 729 of the 775 members who have rated Schwab -- some 94% -- believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bulls include All-Star wuff3t, who is ranked in the top 4% of our community, and ametts1.

In late December, wuff3t nicely summed up Schwab's long-term bull case:

Large insider ownership, diversified business, top-class customer service, and apparently little exposure to risky, sub-prime loans. A strong brand that should gain market share as the US economy recovers (which it will).

In a pitch from February, ametts1 also recommends "Chuck" for your discounted needs:

When stocks turn north, people will start scowling at the near-zero returns they're getting in their money market accounts, and will reenter the market. Schwab will benefit through higher account balances and trading commissions.

Schwab has weathered this storm much better than the other discount brokers, and has been improving customer loyalty through impressive customer service, research, and educational offerings. Their web-based platform, along with their "Streetsmart Pro" application for active traders, keeps betting better and better.

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Fool contributor Brian Pacampara owns no position in any of the companies mentioned. Charles Schwab and Apple are Motley Fool Stock Advisor recommendations. The Fool's disclosure policy always gets a perfect score.