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 $7.8 billion
Industry Application software
Trailing-12-Month Revenue $1.6 billion
Management Chairman/CEO Paul Ricci
CFO Thomas Beaudoin
Return on Equity (average, past 3 years) 1.5%
Cash/Debt $539.6 million / $1.4 billion
Competitors IBM
Microsoft
MModal

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

On CAPS, 96% of the 5,744 members who have rated Nuance believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward.  

A few months ago, one of those Fools, Ares07, tapped the stock as a particularly attractive growth opportunity:

Voice recognition is the wave of future. Nuance's software, although a bit in its infancy, when refined, will change the world of computing. ... If you thought that the touchscreen revolution was big, wait till this one comes around. All people you know who complain about how hard it is to use a computer or touchscreen device will actually welcome this new wave of the future. I feel [Nuance will] become an industry standard, and explode once it becomes mainstream. It just needs a little refinement.

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