Based on the aggregated intelligence of 170,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, Dutch financial services giant ING Group
With that in mind, let's take a closer look at ING's business and see what CAPS investors are saying about the stock right now.
|Headquarters (Founded)||Amsterdam, The Netherlands (1991)|
|Market Cap||$37.7 billion|
|Industry||Diversified financial services|
|Trailing-12-Month Revenue||$66.7 billion|
CEO Jan Hommen (since 2010)
CFO Patrick Flynn (since 2010)
|Return on Equity (Average, Past 3 Years)||(0.3%)|
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Sources: Capital IQ (a division of Standard & Poor's) and Motley Fool CAPS.
Just three days ago, PETPOE helped weigh ING's pros and cons: "Solid bank and insurance business. [S]eparation of banking and insurance should set free additional shareholder value. [B]iggest threat is Europe's sovereign debt crisis."
ING's global footprint, steadily improving financials, and cheapish valuation continue to support its four-star CAPS status. Currently, ING even trades at a forward P/E (5.2) discount to global banking foes Bank of America (9.9), Barclays (8.1), and Citigroup (11.2), as well as rivals in the insurance space like AIG
CAPS member corcione elaborates on the bargain opportunity:
ING founded in 1991 by a merger between Nationale-Nederlanden and NMB Postbank Group is headquartered in Amsterdam. Currently, it has separated the banking and insurance businesses because of regulatory requirements. ... After this transformation process ING will become a bank rather than a financial conglomerate. There will be a huge increase in the stock price as clouds of uncertainty disappeared.
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