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

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

TJX facts

Headquarters (Founded)

Framingham, Mass. (1956)

Market Cap

$19.9 billion

Industry

Apparel retail

Trailing-12-Month Revenue

$21.94 billion

Management

CEO Carol Meyrowitz (since 2007)

CFO Jeffrey Naylor (since 2009)

Return on Equity (Average, Past 3 Years)

45.3%

Cash/Debt

$1.82 billion / $790.24 million

Dividend Yield

1.5%

Competitors

Ross Stores (Nasdaq: ROST)

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

On CAPS, 88% of the 514 members who have rated TJX believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bulls include irwinaud and All-Star kkconway, who is ranked in the top 5% of our community.

Late last month, irwinaud tapped TJX as an attractive bet for still-turbulent times:

We are still in a period of heavy unemployment. People who work still have worries about job security. They still have to dress for work and leisure activities. TJX offers deep discounts on clothing and housewares through its Home Goods division.

TJX's three-year average return on equity of 45.3% is even higher than that of its closest rival, Ross Stores (38.9%), as well as retail giants like Target (NYSE: TGT) (17.1%) and Wal-Mart (NYSE: WMT) (21.3%).

CAPS All-Star kkconway elaborates on the TJX bull case:

Good investment in inflationary times, or simply when gasoline prices force consumers to cut back on trips to Coach, Chico's or more expensive stores. If they have ANY money left, they can at least replace their frayed and worn out clothes at TJ Maxx. Lord help us if Jill and Joe can't even shop HERE!

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