Based on the aggregated intelligence of 135,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, South American online auction site operator MercadoLibre (NASDAQ:MELI) has earned a respected four-star ranking.

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

MercadoLibre facts

Headquarters (founded)

Buenos Aires, Argentina (1999)

Market Cap

$1 billion


Internet software and services

TTM Revenue

$140.5 million


Co-Founder/CEO Marcos Galperin
Co-Founder/CFO Hernan Kazah

Return on Equity (average, last two years)


Competitors (NASDAQ:AMZN)

CAPS members bullish on MELI also bullish on:


CAPS members bearish on MELI also bearish on:

Citigroup (NYSE:C)

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

Over on CAPS, some 95% of the 740 members who have rated MercadoLibre believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bulls include dvena and All-Star kkconway, who is ranked in the top 10% of our community.

Last month, dvena tapped the stock as a Latin leader worth bidding on:

[MercadoLibre] is the Craig's List, [eBay (NASDAQ:EBAY)], Amazon and Paypal of Latin America all rolled up in one. They are the number one or number two provider in most of the countries they serve. Latin America's internet usage is growing, but has a long way to go to catch up with the percentage of internet users in the US.

In a pitch two days later, kkconway brought MercadoLibre's recent top-line letdown (and ensuing stock drop) to our community's attention:

Down 17% today on revenue disappointment, no doubt due to weak economy, not inherent to the company. This is the Latin version of EBay or Amazon, except early entry and still cheap -- in the value sense. Wait a year or two, & it could easily be a multi-bagger.

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Fool contributor Brian Pacampara owns no position in any of the companies mentioned. MercadoLibre and Google are Motley Fool Rule Breakers recommendations. Apple, Amazon, and eBay are selections of Stock Advisor. eBay is also an Inside Value choice. The Fool's disclosure policy always gets a perfect score.