Based on the aggregated intelligence of 115,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, investment manager Legg Mason (NYSE:LM) 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 Legg Mason's business, and see what CAPS investors are saying about the stock right now.

Legg Mason facts 


Headquarters (Founded)

Baltimore, Md. (1899)

Market Cap

$6.04 Billion


Asset Management

Trailing-12-Month Revenue

$4.48 Billion


CEO Mark Fetting,

CFO Charles Daley Jr.

Return on Capital (Average, Past Three Years)


Major Competitors

Franklin Resources (NYSE:BEN),

BlackRock (NYSE:BLK)

CAPS Members Bullish on LM Also Bullish on:


Allied Irish Banks (NYSE:AIB)

CAPS Members Bearish on LM Also Bearish on:

Merrill Lynch (NYSE:MER),

Citigroup (NYSE:C)

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

Over on CAPS, fully 296 of 322 of the All-Star members who have rated Legg Mason -- some 92% -- believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward. These All-Star bulls include a couple of my Foolish colleagues -- TMFOpie and TMFMattyA, both of whom are ranked in the top 2% of our community.

In May, TMFOpie said of Legg Mason:

One of the best money management firms selling at a reasonable price. The market isn't sure what to think about the near-term prospects but long-term the story is much more attractive. I see shares worth more than $100.

A pitch from TMFMattyA just a month earlier agreed with that bullish line of thinking and broke down the stock's bargain-like valuation:

According to famed-investor Marty Whitman, the usual fair valuation for an asset manager is 2% of AUM [assets under management] plus tangible book value. This approach would value Legg's shares well into the $100s. Even taking a conservative approach, expecting a decline of $100 billion in Legg's AUM due to poor performance by its equity funds, and taking a 1.2% of AUM valuation approach, I value Legg's shares north of $80. ... New CEO Mark Fetting knows what he is doing, and is an honest and able manager. This stock won't remain cheap for long.

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