4-Star Stocks Poised to Pop: MEMC Electronic

Based on the aggregated intelligence of 180,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, silicon wafer maker MEMC Electronic Materials (NYS: WFR) has earned a respected four-star ranking.

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

MEMC facts

Headquarters (founded)St. Peters, Mo. (1984)
Market Cap$403.9 million
IndustrySemiconductor equipment
Trailing-12-Month Revenue$2.5 billion
ManagementCEO Ahmad Chatila
CFO Brian Wuebbels
Return on Capital (average, past 3 years)(1.1%)
Cash/Debt$380.6 million / $2.1 billion
CompetitorsShin-Etsu Handotai
Siltronic AG

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

On CAPS, 96% of the 1,906 members who have rated MEMC believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward.  

Earlier this month, one of those bulls, All-Star TSIF, tapped the stock as a potential turnaround opportunity:

Overall, while losses continue to mount and cash position dwindles, MEMC is still "talking a good talk" in regard to Europe. Solar continues to take a hit as subsidies dry up. Wafers may be thin, but they are sharp! Falling knives are falling knives and this one will take time to settle. ... If MEMC can hold with cutbacks and slow the cash burn, they may eventually turn the corner or be a buyout candidate.

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