Based on the aggregated intelligence of 170,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, Chinese Internet gaming specialist (Nasdaq: NTES) has earned a respected four-star ranking.

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

NetEase facts

Headquarters (Founded)

Beijing, China (1997)

Market Cap

$5.7 billion


Internet software and services

Trailing-12-Month Revenue

$780.95 million


Founder/CEO William Lei Ding

Acting CFO Onward Choi

Return on Equity (Average, Past 3 Years)



$1.34 billion / $0


Shanda Interactive (Nasdaq: SNDA)

Sina (Nasdaq: SINA) (Nasdaq: SOHU)

Sources: Capital IQ (a division of Standard & Poor's) and Motley Fool CAPS.

On CAPS, 97% of the 1,104 members who have rated NetEase believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bulls include JPNot and oldmanarchitect.

Late last year, JPNot listed several of NetEase's positives:

Getting rights to [World of Warcraft] in China is huge. Good fundamentals as well. High ROE. Low PEG. Tons of cash and no debt.

Additionally, NetEase boasts a robust three-year average operating margin of 54.9%. That easily tops that of listed rivals Shanda (34.6%), Sina (18.1%), and Sohu (37.5%), as well as other gaming plays like Activision Blizzard (Nasdaq: ATVI) (9.7%) and Electronic Arts (Nasdaq: ERTS), which weighs in with a negative average operating margin.

CAPS member oldmanarchitect elaborates on the bull case:

Talked myself into this one. Gaming is addictive and the demographics in China lead me to believe it can be a huge part of daily life in China. There is little doubt that the future of gaming is network based. The US market is still growing -- if China sees a small percentage of that, this stock is well positioned to capitalize.

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