Based on the aggregated intelligence of 180,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, bank holding company FirstMerit
With that in mind, let's take a closer look at FirstMerit's business and see what CAPS investors are saying about the stock right now.
|Headquarters (Founded)||Akron, Ohio (1855)|
|Market Cap||$1.8 billion|
|Trailing-12-Month Revenue||$623.1 million|
|Management||Chairman/CEO Paul Greig
CFO Terrence Bichsel
|Return on Equity (Average, Past 3 Years)||8.1%|
Fifth Third Bancorp
Sources: S&P Capital IQ and Motley Fool CAPS.
On CAPS, 28% of the 106 members who have rated FirstMerit believe the stock will underperform the S&P 500 going forward.
[S]tock looks better than it is because previous management avoided market/sub-prime and [commercial real estate] pitfalls and competitors have been on the shoals. Current management trying to grow to appease analysts but bank is too small to have significant infrastructure to grow. ... Foray into Chicago with a gnat's presence won't move the needle. If you want safety this is it. If you want growth ... forget it.
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