Based on the aggregated intelligence of 110,000 investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, HDFC Bank (NYSE:HDB) has earned a coveted five-star ranking. Our data has shown that five-star stocks outperform the market by a significant margin; conversely, one-star stocks have woefully lagged the market average.

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

HDFC Bank stats:

Headquarters (Founded) Mumbai, India (1994)

Market Cap

$8.71 billion


Diversified Banks

TTM Revenue

$1.41 billion


Managing Director Aditya Puri (since 1994);
Head of Operations A. Rajan

Return on Equity (avg. last three years)


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Sources: Capital IQ, a division of Standard & Poor's, and Motley Fool CAPS. TTM = trailing 12 months.

Over on CAPS, fully 331 of 342 of the All-Star players who have rated HDFC Bank -- some 97% -- believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward. These All-Star bulls include my Foolish colleague Tim Hanson (a.k.a. TMFMmbop) and ddberg, both of whom are ranked in the top 5% of our community.

In August 2007, Tim explained that HDFC Bank is an "Indian bank that controls the tier 2 and rural markets where capital is moving. ... Also very business-focused, so should benefit from all types of growth in the Indian economy."

A more recent pitch from ddberg in March of this year follows that bullish line of thinking:

Middle class expanding exponentially in India, and first-time homeowners driving enormous real estate boom. 30% down payment required for mortgage loans, meaning a lot of the "subprime" type borrowers are eliminated from the picture (providing reduced risk for lenders). Average time it takes for an Indian family to save enough to buy a house is now down to 3 years, where it used to be 20 years. HDFC has been capitalizing on these trends and will continue to do so.

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