5-Star Stocks Poised to Pop: Astex Pharma

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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, biotechnology small-cap Astex Pharmaceuticals (NAS: ASTX) has earned a coveted five-star ranking.

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

Astex facts

Headquarters (founded)Dublin, Calif. (1991)
Market Cap$190.0 million
IndustryBiotechnology
Trailing-12-Month Revenue$71.8 million
ManagementChairman/CEO Dr. James Manuso (since 2004)
CFO Michael Molkentin (since 2003)
Return on Equity (average, past 3 years)7.5%
Cash/Debt$122.5 million / $0
CompetitorsBristol-Myers Squibb
Celgene
Sanofi

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

On CAPS, 96% of the 330 members who have rated Astex believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward.

Just yesterday, one of those bulls, troym72, tapped the stock as an attractive growth opportunity:

[Astex] reported a good 1st quarter and if they have three more quarters like this one, the stock, now trading at $2, should be up around 30%. Solid revenue growth for 3 straight years. Past performance does not [guarantee] future gains, but I think [Astex] is on the right track to maintain growth.

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The article 5-Star Stocks Poised to Pop: Astex Pharma originally appeared on Fool.com.

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