4-Star Stocks Poised to Pop: Nuance Communications

Based on the aggregated intelligence of 180,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, speech-software specialist Nuance Communications (Nasdaq: NUAN  ) has earned a respected four-star ranking.

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

Nuance facts

Headquarters (founded) Burlington, Mass. (1992)
Market Cap $6.5 billion
Industry Application software
Trailing-12-Month Revenue $1.5 billion
Management Chairman/CEO Paul Ricci
CFO Thomas Beaudoin
Return on Equity (average, past 3 years) 0.4%
Cash/Debt $976.9 million / $1.4 billion
Competitors IBM
MedQuist Holdings
Microsoft

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

On CAPS, 96% of the 5,715 members who have rated Nuance believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward.

A few months ago, fellow Fool Anders Bylund (TMFZahrim) tapped the stock's recent slump as an attractive long-term opportunity:

Nuance hit a little speed bump and investors are treating it like a spike strip? Fine by me -- the company is a human-to-machine interface juggernaut that is just getting started. The long-term opportunity is larger than ever, just hidden behind those lumbering but unstoppable long-term mobile agreements.

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Fool contributor Brian Pacampara owns no position in any of the companies mentioned. Motley Fool newsletter services have recommended buying shares of Nuance and Microsoft, as well as creating a bull call spread position in Microsoft. The Fool owns shares of IBM and Microsoft. Try any of our Foolish newsletter services free for 30 days.

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