Based on the aggregated intelligence of 145,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, Canadian insurance giant Manulife Financial (NYSE:MFC) has earned a respected four-star ranking.

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

Manulife facts

Headquarters (Founded)

Toronto, Canada (1887)

Market Cap

$31.0 billion


Life and health insurance

Trailing-12-Month Revenue

$41.3 billion


CEO Donald Guloien (since May 2009)

CFO Michael Bell (since June 2009)

Return on Equity (Average, Past 3 Years)



$18.3 billion / $9.3 billion

Dividend Yield



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

On CAPS, 96% of the 439 members who have rated Manulife believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bulls include iHEARTmoney and All-Star martynanasi, who is ranked in the top 1% of our community.

Early this year, iHEARTmoney singled out the stock as a solid way to gain some far-eastern exposure: "Manulife is a company with good management and more importantly has a solid base in Asian markets, a rising economy."

In a more recent pitch, martynanasi kindly informed Fools that Manulife is slowly, but surely, getting over its decision not to hedge its equity market exposure when guaranteeing its segregated fund:

Has had to dilute stock by raising bond and equity offering to shore up capital to meet requirements. Dilution has been priced fully in stock. May be stagnant over short term but with net income (profit) expect to double next year this poses well for a stock carrying [forward P/E] in low 9 territory making this a very attractive play against global financial plays.

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Fool contributor Brian Pacampara owns no position in any of the companies mentioned. Aflac is a Motley Fool Stock Advisor pick. The Fool's disclosure policy always gets a perfect score.