Based on the aggregated intelligence of 170,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, apparel retailer Guess? (NYSE: GES) has earned a respected four-star ranking.

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

Guess? facts

Headquarters (Founded) Los Angeles (1981)
Market Cap $4.35 billion
Industry Apparel retail
Trailing-12-Month Revenue $2.37 billion

CEO Paul Marciano (since 2007)

CFO Dennis Secor (since 2006)

Return on Equity (Average, Past 3 Years) 27.5%
Cash/Debt $469 million / $15.2 million
Dividend Yield 1.7%

Abercrombie & Fitch (NYSE: ANF)


Ralph Lauren (NYSE: RL)

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

On CAPS, 90% of the 630 members who have rated Guess? believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bulls include mainlinetramp and All-Star FoolSolo, who is ranked in the top 10% of our community.

Late last month, mainlinetramp touched on the big drivers of Guess?'s recent success: "European & Asian divisions show strong sales/profit."

Guess?'s remarkably strong brand and global growth prospects (especially in Europe and Asia) continue to support its four-star CAPS status. Thanks in large part to an increasing number of capital-light, brand-extending licenses, Guess?'s three-year average return on equity (27.5%) tops that of rivals Abercrombie (13%), Gap (23%), and Ralph Lauren (17.4%), as well as other apparel retail plays like American Eagle (NYSE: AEO) (13.6%) and Limited Brands (NYSE: LTD) (11.9%).

CAPS All-Star FoolSolo expands on the stock as a particularly stylish selection:

I hate that my wife and daughter willfully pay a premium for GUESS? branded products, from stylish shirts, to shoes, sunglasses, wallets, etc. I mean, why is GUESS? so much more than say ... good old [Gap]? Well, if you can't beat them ... get a piece of their pie by investing in their stock. ...

I like the prospects, and I believe the risk/reward ratio is positive. On the value scale, I think [Guess?] is slightly undervalued, but the more impressive aspect of [Guess?] is their growth story.

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Fool contributor Brian Pacampara owns no position in any of the companies mentioned. Motley Fool Options has recommended writing covered calls on Guess?, and the Fool owns shares of it. Try any of our Foolish newsletter services free for 30 days.

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