Based on the aggregated intelligence of 125,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, Chinese online game operator The9 Limited (NASDAQ:NCTY) has earned a coveted five-star ranking.

With that in mind, let's take a closer look at The9's business and see what CAPS investors are saying about the stock right now.

The9 facts

Headquarters (founded)

Shanghai, China (1999)

Market Cap

$405.6 million


Home Entertainment Software

TTM Revenue

$252.2 million


Co-Founder/CEO Jun Zhu

CFO George Lai

Return on Equity (average, last two years)



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CAPS members bullish on NCTY also bullish on:


CAPS members bearish on NCTY also bearish on:

Citigroup (NYSE:C)

D.R. Horton (NYSE:DHI)

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

Over on CAPS, 240 of the 250 All-Star members who have rated The9 -- or 96% -- believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward. Included among the bulls are Pifalo and Wraithlok.

Late last month, Pifalo wrote that it's the perfect time for The9: "Zero debt, great asset liquidity with low liabilities, and in all likelihood operating in a growing industry/market."

In a pitch from three weeks earlier, Wraithlok also taps the stock as a smart way to play in China:

This is a no brainer. Chinese online gaming is going to take off similar to US online gaming at it's inception. As more and more chinese get connected, and the middle class grows (middle class means more free time people!) then this will expand. It's also a hedge against falling us dollars.

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Fool contributor Brian Pacampara owns no position in any of the companies mentioned. Shanda Interactive and Netease are Motley Fool Rule Breakers picks. SINA and Apple are selections of Stock Advisor. The Fool's disclosure policy always gets a perfect score.