Based on the aggregated intelligence of 170,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, teen apparel retailer The Buckle (NYSE: BKE) has earned a respected four-star ranking.

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

Buckle facts

Headquarters (founded)

Kearney, Neb. (1948)

Market Cap

$1.4 billion


Apparel retail

Trailing-12-Month Revenue

$909.1 million


President/CEO Dennis Nelson

CFO Karen Rhoads

Return on Equity (average, past 3 years)



$123.5 million / $0

Dividend Yield



American Eagle (NYSE: AEO)


Aeropostale (NYSE: ARO)

Abercrombie & Fitch (NYSE: ANF)

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

On CAPS, 89.5% of the 497 members who have rated Buckle believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bulls include nicklassan8 and All-Star BrodieMan720, who is ranked in the top 5% of our community.

This past summer, CAPS member nicklassan8 touched on several of Buckle's positives: "brilliant financials. solid company. poised for growth. Inside ownership. A LOT of green flags on this one, and I have yet to find a red one."

Buckle might not be a household name, but its juicy industry-topping financials are definitely worth becoming familiar with. For example, Buckle's three-year average net margin (13.5%) easily tops that of teen apparel foes American Eagle (6.7%), Gap (7.1%), Abercrombie (5.6%), and Aeropostale (9.2%). Throw in a balance sheet with zero debt, along with a positive same-store sales surprise for September, and it's easy to see why our community is so attracted to Buckle.

CAPS All-Star BrodieMan7 sums up the bull case:

Low P/E ratio and solid balance sheet. They also pay out a pretty good dividend for being a small-cap stock. Other perks are having no debt and increasing cash flows. It also looks like the company is right on track with their cyclical nature. Now, I haven't been to a mall recently ... but I'm sure that foot traffic is still good for their target demographics, despite any economic woes. Younger shoppers don't care about saving a buck here and there when it comes to clothes.

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Fool contributor Brian Pacampara owns no position in any of the companies mentioned. The Fool owns shares of Aeropostale. Try any of our Foolish newsletter services free for 30 days.

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