Based on the aggregated intelligence of 135,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, investment research provider Morningstar (NASDAQ:MORN) has earned a coveted five-star ranking.

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

Morningstar facts

Headquarters (founded)

Chicago, Ill. (1984)

Market Cap

$2.28 billion



Trailing-12-Month Revenue

$481.0 million


Founder/CEO Joe Mansueto

CFO Scott Cooley

Return on Equity (average, last three years)


Cash / Debt

$323.2 million / $0


Thomson Reuters (NYSE:TRI)



CAPS Members Bullish on MORN Also Bullish on


Marvel Entertainment (NYSE:MVL)

CAPS Members Bearish on MORN Also Bearish on

First Solar (NASDAQ:FSLR)

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

Over on CAPS, 1,041 of the 1,068 members who have rated Morningstar -- some 97% -- believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bulls include gpiazzolla and TMFCaccamise.

In late June, gpiazolla helped our community moon over Morningstar: "Very brilliant, hard working and visionary CEO. This company is widening its moat by investing seriously in equity research worldwide. 0 debt, high cash, [free cash flow] positive."

In an earlier pitch from April, TMFCaccamise researches in more detail:

An outstanding CEO with a dominate position in an industry with great demand. … Morningstar has these great assets in their databases and reach in the investment community. If Morningstar can execute on their strategy of integrating their products and services into all realms of the investment world, I see them becoming a much larger company in the future. If they avoid damaging their reputation in any way, and continue to move into areas such as asset management and international markets I see no reason that they cannot become a $10B company.

If you are interested in [Morningstar] shares you must read their annual reports which will give you a better understanding of the reach the company has and will have if they execute on their strategy.

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Fool contributor Brian Pacampara owns no position in any of the companies mentioned. Morningstar, Apple, and Marvel are Motley Fool Stock Advisor picks. Google and First Solar are recommendations of Rule Breakers. Thomson Reuters is an Inside Value selection. The Fool owns shares of Morningstar. The Fool's disclosure policy always gets a perfect score.