Based on the aggregated intelligence of 130,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, financial information provider FactSet Research Systems (NYSE:FDS) has earned a respected four-star ranking.

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

FactSet facts  

Headquarters (founded)

Norwalk, Conn. (1978)

Market Cap

$2.53 billion


Application Software

TTM Revenue

$613.3 million


Chairman/CEO Philip Hadley (since 2000)

CFO Peter Walsh (since 2005)

Return on Equity (average, last three years)


Dividend Yield



Thomson Reuters (NYSE:TRI)


CAPS members bullish on FDS also bullish on:


Johnson & Johnson (NYSE:JNJ)

General Electric (NYSE:GE)

CAPS members bearish on FDS also bearish on:


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

Over on CAPS, 341 of the 353 members who have rated FactSet -- or 97% -- believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bulls include TinMar2050 and All-Star coryjobe, who is ranked in the top 4% of our community.

Last year, TinMar2050 described FactSet in purely bullish terms: "Small but well managed company in the information management industry. Will continue to grow with financial professional's need for accurate historical information about companies."

In a pitch from last week, coryjobe kindly updates a few facts on FactSet:

[S]upplies financial and economic data to the global investment community. The company combines more than 500 data sets, including content regarding ten of thousands of companies and securities from major markets across the globe, from industry-leading suppliers and clients' own proprietary data into a single powerful online platform of information and analytics.

Even though FactSet's average subscription value and number of users have been hurt by the economy and bad financial markets they are still increasing revenue. While most information systems revenue come from a few large corporations Factset is very diversified with its Top 10 customers accounting for only 17% of their total revenue.

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Fool contributor Brian Pacampara owns no position in any of the companies mentioned. Apple and Amazon are Motley Fool Stock Advisor picks, Johnson & Johnson is a choice of Income Investor, and Thomson Reuters is an Inside Value selection. The Fool owns shares of FactSet. The Fool's disclosure policy always gets a perfect score.