4-Star Stocks Poised to Pop: Nuance Communications

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Based on the aggregated intelligence of 180,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, speech-software specialist Nuance Communications (NAS: NUAN) has earned a respected four-star ranking.

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

Nuance facts

Headquarters (Founded)Burlington, Mass. (1992)
Market Cap$8.6 billion
IndustryApplication software
Trailing-12-Month Revenue$1.4 billion
ManagementChairman/CEO Paul Ricci
CFO Thomas Beaudoin
Return on Equity (Average, Past 3 Years)0.5%
Cash/Debt$883.8 million / $1.4 billion
CompetitorsIBM
MedQuist Holdings
Microsoft

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

On CAPS, 96% of the 5,721 members who have rated Nuance believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward.  

Late last year, one of those Fools, greggyv, tapped Nuance as a potent growth opportunity:

[T]ry and wrap your mind around the fact that voice [recognition] will be the norm on every smartphone released from this point forward. ... Still not intrigued? Take what I just said, and try and wrap our mind around the fact that this software will branch out to so many different outlets, the possibilities are endless. Every drive-thru window of every franchise fast food place, parking garages, home security systems, even your refrigerator are just the few that will be sure to add this software. ... I can go on and on with more and more industries that voice recognition can be used (medical, automotive, education, etc.) it's truly a stock that is a must own in my opinion. ... Nuance owns so many patents in regard to the voice recognition market that it would probably be close to impossible to successfully establish yourself as a competitor in this industry. Strong Buy.

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At the time this article was published Fool contributor Brian Pacampara owns no position in any of the companies mentioned. Motley Fool newsletter services have recommended buying shares of Nuance and Microsoft, as well as creating a bull call spread position in Microsoft. The Fool owns shares of IBM. 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 Fool's disclosure policy always gets a perfect score.

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