4-Star Stocks Poised to Pop: Life Technologies

Based on the aggregated intelligence of 180,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, life sciences company Life Technologies (NAS: LIFE) has earned a respected four-star ranking.

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

Life facts

Headquarters (founded)

Carlsbad, Calif. (1987)

Market Cap

$8.7 billion


Life sciences tools and services

Trailing-12-Month Revenue

$3.8 billion


Chairman/CEO Gregory Lucier
President/COO Mark Stevenson

Return on Equity (average, past 3 years)



$865.3 million / $2.7 billion


Agilent Technologies
BD Biosciences

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

On CAPS, 95% of the 212 members who have rated Life believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward.

Earlier this week, one of those Fools, TopDownTrends, touched on the tailwinds working in Life's favor:

Poised to benefit from aging population in developing world coupled with the industry initiative to personalize medicine. Life makes the diagnostic and analysis equipment for this high growth sub-industry. While competition is fierce and a lot of riding on installed base of networks, Life offers a diversified portfolio of equipment and services, including the tools for the increasingly popular DNA sequencing space. In my view, Life will outperform over the long term.

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