Based on the aggregated intelligence of 180,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, asset manager Federated Investors (NYSE: FII) has earned a respected four-star ranking.

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

Federated facts

Headquarters (Founded) Pittsburgh (1955)
Market Cap $1.8 billion
Industry Asset management
Trailing-12-Month Revenue $895.1 million
Management CEO John Donahue
CFO Thomas Donahue
Return on Equity (Average, Past 3 Years) 36.5%
Cash/Debt $322.3 million / $318.8 million
Dividend Yield 5.4%
Competitors BlackRock
Dreyfus Corp.
Pacific Investment Management

Sources: S&P Capital IQ and Motley Fool CAPS.

On CAPS, 94% of the 312 members who have rated Federated believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward.  

Late last month, one of those bulls, blesto, tapped Federated as a particularly timely income opportunity:

The outcome of near future regulation changes affecting money markets may or may not put a damper on their business. Until that is fully resolved I'll just collect the better than 5% [dividend yield]. Even with all the twists and turns of the market, this company has steadily increased the dividend since their inception.

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