Based on the aggregated intelligence of 170,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, investment manager BlackRock (NYSE: BLK) has earned a respected four-star ranking.

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

BlackRock facts

Headquarters (Founded) New York (1988)
Market Cap $38.1 billion
Industry Asset management
Trailing-12-Month Revenue $8.9 billion
Management Chairman/CEO Laurence Fink
CFO Ann Petach
Return on Equity (Average, Past 3 Years) 6.3%
Cash/Debt $3.04 billion / $21.79 billion
Dividend Yield 2.8%
Competitors Legg Mason (NYSE: LM)
State Street (NYSE: STT)

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

On CAPS, 90% of the 415 members who have rated BlackRock believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bulls include goqqq and TMFMMTInvestor.

Earlier this month, goqqq touched on the company's big scale advantage: 

"BlackRock's acquisition of [Barclays Global Investors] has turned the firm into the largest asset manager in the world, with more than $3.5 trillion in [assets under management] and clients situated in more than 60 countries."

BlackRock even boasts a robust trailing-12-month operating margin of 35.7%. That's higher than that of competitors like Legg Mason (15.9%), State Street (27.6%), and UBS (25%).

TMFMMTInvestor elaborates on the BlackRock bull case:

[P]remium asset management firm which is unique in its offerings of both active and passive investment products. BLK has a global reach and privileged institutional distribution channels through which to market its equity, fixed income, and cash investment services and maintain its sticky managed assets. Highly profitable business, low debt, strong revenue growth YOY, and above-average ROE.

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