Based on the aggregated intelligence of 180,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, chip equipment maker Kulicke and Soffa Industries (NASDAQ:KLIC) has earned a coveted five-star ranking.

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

Kulicke and Soffa facts

Headquarters (founded)

Singapore (1951)

Market Cap

$828.9 million

Industry

Semiconductor equipment

Trailing-12-Month Revenue

$744.8 million

Management

CEO Bruno Guilmart (since 2010)

CFO Jonathan Chou (since 2010)

Return on Equity (average, past 3 years)

33.6%

Cash / Debt

$498.6 million / $0

Competitors

ASM Pacific Technology

BE Semiconductor Industries

Teradyne

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

On CAPS, 96% of the 361 members who have rated Kulicke and Soffa believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward.

Earlier this week, one of those Fools, cfsanabria, succinctly summed up the Kulicke and Soffa bull case for our community:

As the global economy slowly climbs out of its recession, the semiconductor capital industry will follow, driven by rising demand for consumer electronics (most notably Smartphones). K&S will outperform due to its strong balance sheet, regular cost-cutting, and industry leadership.

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