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

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

American Eagle facts

Headquarters (Founded) Pittsburgh (1972)
Market Cap $3 billion
Industry Apparel stores
Trailing-12-Month Revenue $3.06 billion
Management

CEO James O'Donnell (since 2003)

CFO Joan Hilson (since 2009)

Return on Equity (Average, Past 3 Years) 13.6%
Cash/Debt $634.5 million / $0
Dividend Yield 2.9%
Competitors

Abercrombie & Fitch (NYSE: ANF)

Aeropostale (NYSE: ARO)

Guess? (NYSE: GES)

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

On CAPS, 94% of the 2,387 members who have rated American Eagle believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bulls include usc76a and hybridinvestor.

Late last month, usc76a tapped American Eagle as a particularly smart bet: "Significant insider buying. Product line interest to youth. Improving economy and consumer buying is on increase."

American Eagle's solid fundamentals, cheapish valuation, and position as a fashionable yet affordable teen brand continue to support its four-star CAPS rating. Currently, American Eagle even trades at a clear price-to-cash flow (8.5) discount to rivals Abercrombie (16.2), Aeropostale (9.6), and Guess? (14.2), as well as other retail apparel plays like J. Crew (NYSE: JCG) (14.3) and Urban Outfitters (Nasdaq: URBN) (17.6).

CAPS member hybridinvestor expands on why American Eagle seems all set to soar:

Looking around at what appears to be an economy rebounding better than expected, we can see that the retail issues have all been run-up significantly on those expectations. I see very little safe value in the retail space except for a couple issues and American Eagle is one of them. ... [T]rading reasonably in terms of expected profits. Great balance sheet and they are closing down some non-performing divisions. I expect to see this laggard in the retail space catch up over time.

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