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Enough top-performing CAPS investors have turned bullish on Cogent (NYSE: COGT ) recently to upgrade it from its long held four-star rank to the highest grade of five stars. A total of 536 investors have rated Cogent, with many of them offering -- dare I say it? -- cogent analyses and commentary to explain the recent optimism.
A leader in automated biometric identification, Cogent has grown rapidly as governments and state agencies around the world look for fast and reliable methods to identify people. While it hasn't nabbed every contract, the company has been successful against competitors, such as Motorola (NYSE: MOT ) and L-1 Identity Solutions (NYSE: ID ) , and maintained high margins that drive solid cash flow.
Investors see a long list of potential government contracts in its future. Cogent answered any questions about growth by first raising guidance for its first-quarter earnings and then following through with $14.4 million in net income. Cogent also hopes to play a significant role in a potential $1 billion contract defense contractor Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT ) won over Northrop Grumman (NYSE: NOC ) and IBM (NYSE: IBM ) to build their next-generation fingerprint and biometrics database.
With insiders owning more than half the company, CAPS investors largely agree that the stock will be a winner. In fact, nearly 97% of the 536 investors rating the company expect it to outperform the market in the future.
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