Why GT Advanced Is Poised to Bounce Back

Based on the aggregated intelligence of 180,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, solar and LED equipment maker GT Advanced Technologies (NASDAQ: GTAT  ) has earned a respected four-star ranking.

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

GT Advanced facts

Headquarters (founded)

Merrimack, N.H. (1994)

Market Cap

$485.2 million

Industry

Semiconductor equipment

Trailing-12-Month Revenue

$437.4 million

Management

CEO Thomas Gutierrez (since 2009)

CFO Richard Gaynor (since 2010)

Trailing-12-Month Operating Margin

(20.5%)

Cash/Debt

$320.2 million / $259.6 million

Competitors

Applied Materials

centrotherm photovoltaics

OC Oerlikon

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

On CAPS, 93% of the 663 members who have rated GT Advanced believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward.   

A few months ago, one of those bulls, 007mercucio, succinctly summed up the GT Advanced bull case for our community:

This company looks like is it rich with potential and indeed it is already showing some of it, but there is more to come. Even if solar didn't pan out in the long run, they are diversified into synthesizing gems, which can be used for a wide variety of things ... that and many other things. In other words, their eggs aren't all in one basket. Meanwhile solar is still paying the bills for now. ... This stock looks poised to grow.

If you want market-thumping returns, you need to put together the best portfolio you can. Of course, despite a strong four-star rating, GT Advanced may not be your top choice.

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