4-Star Stocks Poised to Pop: 3D Systems

Based on the aggregated intelligence of 180,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, three-dimensional printer maker 3D Systems (NYSE: DDD  ) has earned a respected four-star ranking.

With that in mind, let's take a closer look at 3D Systems' business and see what CAPS investors are saying about the stock right now.

3D Systems facts

Headquarters (Founded) Rock Hill, S.C. (1986)
Market Cap $2.0 billion
Industry Computer hardware
Trailing-12-Month Revenue $288.9 million
Management CEO Abraham Reichental
Founder/Chief Technology Officer Dr. Charles Hull
Return on Equity (Average, Past 3 Years) 13.2%
Cash/Debt $158.5 million / $140.5 million
Competitors Dassault Systemes
Delcam
Stratasys

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

On CAPS, 95% of the 1,161 members who have rated 3D Systems believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward.

Just last month, one of those bulls, Motleyholic, tapped 3D Systems as a particularly potent growth opportunity:

This new technology has unlimited potential to change the way we design, manufacture, transport and buy things. My prediction is that within the next decade these machines will be selling in retail outlets and will be as common as a paper printer. In the next 50 years this could be the force that develops cellular transportation -- print me up, Scottie!

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  • Report this Comment On September 26, 2012, at 10:35 AM, sgt1917 wrote:

    DDD did not "pop" so well today so far.....

  • Report this Comment On September 27, 2012, at 4:08 PM, Marmadukemark wrote:

    I was long DDD with a 25% trailing stop. It was triggered yesterday. As Bill would ask, "what say you?"

    Fortunately, I still made money.

  • Report this Comment On September 28, 2012, at 10:02 AM, haysdb wrote:

    I was up $1800 on 3D Systems. I'm now just below break-even. Small cap stocks can be painful.

  • Report this Comment On September 28, 2012, at 11:35 AM, Pumperdumber wrote:

    With HPQ cutting it's ties with SSYS, cements the idea they are coming to market with their own products since they been in R&D for years now.

    This will destroy margins across the board in this sector.

  • Report this Comment On September 28, 2012, at 5:30 PM, KhowstBowl wrote:

    patience fellow fools... patience... investing is a marathon, not a sprint. this is a good one - fool on!

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