Based on the aggregated intelligence of 180,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, specialty insurer Markel (NYSE:MKL) has earned a coveted five-star ranking.

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

Markel facts

Headquarters (founded)

Glen Allen, Va. (1930)

Market Cap

$4.8 billion

Industry

Property and casualty insurance

Trailing-12-Month Revenue

$3.0 billion

Management

Chairman / CEO Alan Kirshner
President / CIO Thomas Gayner

Return on Equity (average, past 3 years)

6.8%

Cash / Debt

$2.0 billion / $1.5 billion

Competitors

CNA Financial 
Meadowbrook Insurance Group
Travelers Companies 

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

On CAPS, 98% of the 2,830 members who have rated Markel believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward.

Just last month, one of those Fools, TMFTypeoh, succinctly summed up the Markel bull case for our community: "Tremendous company. Great management, niche markets, lots of reinvestment opportunities. Should be able to grow book value above market rates. Outperform."

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