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Why Intuitive Surgical Is Poised to Outperform

Based on the aggregated intelligence of 180,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, surgical-robot specialist Intuitive Surgical (NASDAQ: ISRG  ) has earned a respected four-star ranking.

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

Intuitive facts

Headquarters (founded)

Sunnyvale, Calif. (1995)

Market Cap

$21.7 billion


Health care equipment

Trailing-12-Month Revenue

$2.1 billion


CEO Gary Guthart (since 2010)
CFO Marshall Mohr (since 2006)

Return on Equity (average, past 3 years)


Cash / Debt

$1.1 billion / $0


Accuray (NASDAQ: ARAY  )
Curexo Technology
Medtronic (NYSE: MDT  )

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

On CAPS, 95% of the 4,361 members who have rated Intuitive believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward.

Just yesterday, one of those Fools, jwlarson3, succinctly summed up the Intuitive bull case for our community:

Even if the economy sees sales stymied now, that will change over time. I think the biggest predictor of success over the long term is the fact that new doctors are trained on the DaVinci extensively and actually rely on it. In our hospital, the urologists are having a very tough time recruits new partners because the hospital does not have a DaVinci and the doctors fresh out of residency don't want to come work without it. Even though it is expensive, it is the way that trends are going now. Most large [hospitals] are going to need one in the next 5 years.

Intuitive Surgical is disruptive innovator. A true renegade in the health care industry, the company rebelled against the status quo to lead a revolution in medical robotics. Early investors experienced unimaginable gains, some making as much as 30 times their initial investment. Even with those enormous gains in the rearview mirror, the stock could have plenty of room to run into the future. In a brand new premium report on Intuitive Surgical, we've commissioned Karl Thiel to outline the company's key opportunities and risks with surgical precision. As one of the minds behind our Rule Breakers recommendation of the stock in 2005 (before it went on to gain more than 1,000%) Thiel knows the Intuitive Surgical story inside and out. It's a must-read for any current or prospective investor, and comes loaded with a full year of analyst updates. Make sure to claim your copy today by clicking here now.

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  • Report this Comment On December 20, 2012, at 7:30 AM, strelna wrote:

    And that's it? The title of the piece is a compelling: 'Why ISRG is poised to outperform.' Instead we get this feeble effort; yet another lazy, semi-automated extrusion.

    How, pray, can you make the case that it is 'poised to outperform' without mentioning valuation? TMF is too prone to this kind of nonsense: the company is successful, ipso facto the price is attractive. Make the case my friends! P/S is about 10. Work from there.

    I own ISRG and can make the case. If I can, you can.

  • Report this Comment On December 20, 2012, at 11:39 AM, pondee619 wrote:


    Does this, , modify your "thesis" any?


    You are correct . These "articles" are uninformative cut and paste filler the sole purpose of which is: " Make sure to claim your copy today by clicking here now."

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