Based on the aggregated intelligence of 120,000-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. While five-star stocks have been the best performers, our data has shown that four-star stocks still outshine the market by a significant margin and shouldn't be taken lightly; conversely, low-rated stocks have woefully lagged the market average.

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

$617 million


Internet Software & Services

TTM Revenue

$113 million


Co-Founder/CEO Marcos Galperín

Co-Founder/COO Hernan Kazah

TTM Return on Capital


Competitors (NASDAQ:AMZN),


CAPS members bullish on MELI also bullish on


CAPS members bearish on MELI also bearish on

First Solar (NASDAQ:FSLR),


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

Over on CAPS, fully 620 of the 650 CAPS members who have rated MercadoLibre -- some 95% -- believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward. These Foolish bulls include CAPS All-Star 7dogs and StarbellySneech.

In May, 7dogs wrote that MercadoLibre is "Similar to [eBay (NASDAQ:EBAY)], but potentially much more opportunity for future growth because of the emerging economies of South America. Ebay owns about 15% of the company."

An earlier pitch from StarbellySneech shares that bullish attitude, focusing on the company's emerging opportunities:

I think that MercadoLibre has a great business model. They are profitable today on relatively low revenues which will grow well into the future. And the profitablity will increase as the revenues increase.

Another reason I like MELI is that I have spent a lot of time in South America and I see it as a huge potential market. The people are starved for true capitalism with a lot of tariffs and taxes. I think they can grasp this concept and spark a lot of entrepeneurship from the grass roots which can help carry all of the countries to a higher level of production and gnp.

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