Based on the aggregated intelligence of 110,000 investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, stock exchange operator NYSE Euronext (NYSE:NYX) 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 NYSE Euronext's business, and see what CAPS investors are saying about the stock right now.

NYSE Euronext facts

Headquarters New York, New York

Market Cap

$12.33 billion


Specialized Finance

TTM Revenue

$4.83 billion


CEO Duncan Niederauer (since 2007)

Co-COO Catherine Kinney (since 2002)

Return on Capital (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 526 of 546 of the All-Star members who have rated NYSE Euronext -- some 96% -- believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward. These All-Star bulls include FleaBagger and goodjoel, both of whom are ranked in the top 5% of our community.

Just a month ago, FleaBagger predicted that "exchanges in general are going to outperform the anemic S&P 500 over the next few years. Also, like [Nasdaq OMX Group (NASDAQ:NDAQ), NYSE Euronext] has been unfairly beaten down while its prospects and global presence have been increasing."

An earlier pitch from goodjoel last year shared in that global bullishness, commenting on NYSE's attractive, relatively new Euro-look:

[NYSE Euronext] is in the midst of a significant transformational phase, highlighted by its acquisition of European derivatives and equity exchange Euronext, and the implementation of Regulation National Market System in the U.S. While there is risk from acquisition integration and regulatory changes, [it] is taking the right steps to position itself for an increasingly global competitive environment. In particular, the Euronext acquisition broadens [it]s geographic footprint, providing strong multi-asset exposure, and delivering product diversification.

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