Based on the aggregated intelligence of 145,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, toy maker Mattel (NASDAQ:MAT) has earned a respected four-star ranking.

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

Mattel facts

Headquarters (Founded)

El Segundo, Calif. (1945)

Market Cap

$7.24 billion


Toys and games

Trailing-12-Month Revenue

$5.42 billion


CEO Robert Eckert (since 2000)
CFO Kevin Farr (since 2000)

Major Brands

Barbie, American Girl, Hot Wheels, Matchbox, Fisher-Price, Power Wheels

Return on Equity (Average, Past 3 Years)


Cash / Debt

$323.7 million / $919.3 million

Dividend Yield



Hasbro (NYSE:HAS)

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

On CAPS, 84% of the 519 members who have rated Mattel believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bulls include pest6633 and All-Star TMFBreakerTAllan, who is ranked in the top 5% of our community.

Less than two months ago, pest6633 singled out Mattel as a playful way to deal with the downturn: "Toys and leisure always seem to do good in bad times."

In an earlier pitch, TMFBreakerTAllan also urged Fools to get in on the fun:

Long-term, Mattle has the ability to make and market popular toys and games...Barbie aint gonna die. After the past year or so of recession, people have been staying home a lot more often. And with nowhere to go and no money to spend...well, I have a feeling we will see a lot more little people in the next year or so than normal, boding well for an increased market for toys. Further, when the economy recovers, current parents will attempt to make up for the lean year or so in toys and overspend on the kiddies. Mattel (and Hasbro) will benefit from these two trends over the next five years in my opinion.

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