4-Star Stocks Poised to Pop: Align Technology

Based on the aggregated intelligence of 180,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, teeth-straightening specialist Align Technology (Nasdaq: ALGN  ) has earned a respected four-star ranking.

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

Align facts

Headquarters (founded) San Jose, Calif. (1997)
Market Cap $2.8 billion
Industry Health-care supplies
Trailing-12-Month Revenue $535.5 million
Management CEO Thomas Prescott (since 2002)
CFO Kenneth Arola (since 2007)
Return on Equity (average, past 3 years) 11.6%
Cash/Debt $283.6 million / $0
Competitors 3M
DENTSPLY International
Sybron Dental Specialties

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

On CAPS, 81% of the 248 members who have rated Align believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward.

Earlier this month, one of those Fools, nassariusLTV, highlighted a few of Align's positives:

-appealing new product
-under penetrated market (domestic and international)
-offers customers better value vs. competitors
-upside option from recurring revenue
-key strategies (innovation, demand concentration, enhancing experience, international expand)

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