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 and see what CAPS investors are saying about the stock right now.

Intuitive facts

Headquarters (founded)

Sunnyvale, Calif. (1995)

Market Cap

$21.3 billion

Industry

Health care equipment

Trailing-12-Month Revenue

$2.1 billion

Management

CEO Gary Guthart (since 2010)
CFO Marshall Mohr (since 2006)

Return on Equity (average, past 3 years)

21.2%

Cash/Debt

$1.1 billion / $0

Competitors

Accuray (NAS: ARAY)
Curexo Technology
Medtronic (NYS: MDT)


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

On CAPS, 95% of the 4,357 members who have rated Intuitive believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward.

This past summer, one of those Fools, boyd411, succinctly summed up the Intuitive bull case for our community:

Their [da Vinci Surgical System] is the most advanced robotic minimally invasive surgery device available today. They continue to develop new surgical procedures that allow doctors and hospitals that use the da Vinci system to perform increasingly more complex procedures with degrees of precision impossible to achieve through conventional surgical procedures. ... As the global leaders in the growing field of robotic assisted surgery I see only one direction [Intuitive] to go. ... Healthcare and advances in medicine are not luxury items. This company will continue to grow and with the economies of scale their costs will decline and their profits will increase. I see this as a buy and hold for the long term.

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The article 4-Star Stocks Poised to Pop: Intuitive Surgical originally appeared on Fool.com.

Fool contributor Brian Pacampara has no positions in the stocks mentioned above. The Motley Fool owns shares of Intuitive Surgical and Medtronic. Motley Fool newsletter services recommend Intuitive Surgical. 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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