Based on the aggregated intelligence of 170,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, The National Bank of Greece (NYSE: NBG) has earned a respected four-star ranking.

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

NBG facts

Headquarters (Founded)

Athens, Greece (1841)

Market Cap

$6.8 billion


Diversified banks

Trailing-12-Month Revenue

$4.73 billion


CEO Apostalos Tamvakakis (since 2009)

CFO Babis Mazarakis (since 2010)

Return on Common Equity (Average, Past 3 Years)


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

On CAPS, 96% of the 1,556 members who have rated NBG believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bulls include Teacherman1 and quinnathome.

Late last month, Teacherman1 touched on NBG's speculative nature:

Not for the faint of heart, and don't bet the bank, but they and the country are not in the same condition. ... On the positive side, they have a lot going for them outside of Greece. On the negative side, they are stuck with a lot of the country's "funny paper".

Currently, NBG sports a particularly paltry forward P/E of 5.6. That represents a slight discount to U.S. counterparts Bank of America (NYSE: BAC) (6.5), Citigroup (NYSE: C) (7.1), and Wells Fargo (NYSE: WFC) (7.7).

CAPS member quinnathome elaborates on the bargain opportunity:

NBG itself is well managed, well capitalized, and has a large portion of its business in rapidly growing Turkey rather than Greece. The low valuation is more about Greece than the bank. However, after the Ireland mess, I expect the EU not to allow major international banks to fail, but instead shift future risks from central banks. ... If that happens, healthier large banks in dicey countries should recover.

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