Based on the aggregated intelligence of 180,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, teen-oriented apparel retailer The Buckle (NYS: BKE) has earned a respected four-star ranking.

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

Buckle facts

Headquarters (founded)

Kearney, Neb. (1948)

Market Cap

$2.3 billion

Industry

Apparel retail

Trailing-12-Month Revenue

$1.1 billion

Management

President/CEO Dennis Nelson
Treasurer/Corporate Controller Thomas Heacock

Return on Equity (average, past 3 years)

38.9%

Cash/Debt

$244.7 million / $0

Dividend Yield

1.7%

Competitors

Abercrombie & Fitch (NYS: ANF)
American Eagle Outfitters (NYS: AEO)
Gap (NYS: GPS)


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

On CAPS, 90% of the 605 members who have rated Buckle believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward.

Just yesterday, one of those Fools, All-Star BKITU, succinctly summed up the Buckle bull case for our community:

Financials appear solid, looks like it's gearing up for a major, aggressive expansion. Excellent margins. It's a bit of a gamble, but this is the kind of calculated risk a balanced portfolio should include -- the reward potential is inviting, and the company appears solid enough to weather the storms of growth.

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The article Buckle: 4-Star Retailers Poised to Pop originally appeared on Fool.com.

Fool contributor Brian Pacampara has no positions in the stocks mentioned above. The Motley Fool owns shares of The Buckle. Motley Fool newsletter services recommend American Eagle Outfitters, The Buckle, and Gap. Try any of our Foolish newsletter services free for 30 days. We Fools may not all hold the same opinions, but we all believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. The Motley Fool has a disclosure policy.

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