Based on the aggregated intelligence of 170,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, British banking giant Lloyds Banking Group (NYSE: LYG) has earned a respected four-star ranking.

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

Lloyds facts

Headquarters (founded) London (1985)
Market Cap $68.7 billion
Industry Diversified banks
Trailing-12-Month Revenue $16.7 billion
Management CEO J. Eric Daniels (since 2003)
CFO Tim Tookey (since 2008)
Return on Equity (average, past 3 years) 14.9%
Competitors Barclays (NYSE: BCS)
HSBC Holdings (NYSE: HBC)
Royal Bank of Scotland (NYSE: RBS)

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

On CAPS, 95% of the 1,067 members who have rated Lloyds believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bulls include NeuroNerd and All-Star wheckster, who is ranked in the top 5% of our community.

Just last month, NeuroNerd highlighted Lloyds as a bankable bet:

A fallen angel of the British banking industry trading below book. ... The government will eventually evacuate its stake, producing a buoyant [Citigroup (NYSE: C)]-esque situation. Little exposure to European periphery debt, the main factor holding European banks back at the moment.

Currently, Lloyds even trades at a forward P/E (6.8) discount to close rivals Barclays (8.0) and HSBC (10.6), as well as U.S. counterparts Bank of America (NYSE: BAC) (7.2), Citigroup (8.9), and Wells Fargo (NYSE: WFC) (9.1).

CAPS All-Star wheckster expands on the outperform case:

Oversold bank that is finding its way. One of the lowest P/E in banking. The other fundamentals look promising too. Like most European banks, it has not grown as much as it should have over the past year. I'm far from suggesting that we will see Lloyd's hovering around $45 any time soon, but the price should rise in 2011, and I see this bank outperforming in the medium-term. Would not be shocked to see the price at [$7] by the end of the year.

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