Based on the aggregated intelligence of 180,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, Canadian financial services giant Royal Bank of Canada (NYSE: RY) has earned a respected four-star ranking.

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

RBC facts

Headquarters (founded) Toronto (1864)
Market Cap $75.6 billion
Industry Diversified banks
Trailing-12-Month Revenue $27.1 billion
Management CEO Gordon Nixon (since 2001)
CFO Janice Fukakusa (since 2004)
Return on Equity (average, past 3 years) 15.4%
Cash/Debt $345.4 million / $157.1 billion
Dividend Yield 4.3%
Competitors Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce
Bank of Nova Scotia (Scotiabank)
Toronto-Dominion Bank

Sources: S&P Capital IQ and Motley Fool CAPS.

On CAPS, 94% of the 658 members who have rated RBC believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward.   

Just last week, one of those bulls, DCJ99, tapped RBC as a particularly bankable income opportunity: "One of the largest Canadian banks, conservatively managed, with a strong reputation. Like all the banks, subject to the Canadian economic environment but stable and strong, paying good dividends, will do well over the long term."

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