4-Star Stocks Poised to Pop: Intuitive Surgical

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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, surgical-robot specialist Intuitive Surgical (NAS: ISRG) has earned a respected four-star ranking.

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

Intuitive facts

Headquarters (founded)Sunnyvale, Calif. (1995)
Market Cap$20.2 billion
IndustryHealth-care equipment
Trailing-12-Month Revenue$1.8 billion
ManagementCEO Gary Guthart (since 2010)
CFO Marshall Mohr (since 2006)
Return on Equity (average, past 3 years)19.7%
Cash/Debt$1.0 billion / $0
CompetitorsAccuray
Curexo Technology
Medtronic

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

On CAPS, 95% of the 4,177 members who have rated Intuitive believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward.  

A couple of months ago, one of those members, TMFMT (fellow Fool Matt Thalman), tapped Intuitive as a great way to go for growth:

Robotic Medical Devices. With generations of gamers now getting older, this was bound to happen. The buy-in from the public should be smooth and the benefits are great. Being operated on by the best doctors from all around the world is priceless and they can still be all around the world while performing the surgery.

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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 Intuitive Surgical. The Fool owns shares of Medtronic. 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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