Based on the aggregated intelligence of 115,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, speech software provider Nuance Communications (NASDAQ:NUAN) has earned a respected four-star ranking. While five-star stocks have been the best performers, our data has shown that four-star stocks still outshone the market by a significant margin and shouldn't be taken lightly; conversely, low-rated stocks have woefully lagged the market average.

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

Nuance Communications facts 


Headquarters (Founded)

Burlington, Massachusetts (1992)

Market Cap

$3.68 billion


Application Software

TTM Revenue

$734.84 million


CEO Paul Ricci

CFO Tom Beaudoin

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Sources: Capital IQ, a division of Standard & Poor's, and Motley Fool CAPS. TTM = trailing 12 months.

Over on CAPS, fully 1,432 of the 1,483 All-Star members who have rated Nuance Communications -- some 97% -- believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward. These All-Star bulls include fredericch and EMG114, both of whom are ranked in the top 15% of our community.

In mid-2006, fredericch reminded our CAPS community that Nuance "dominates the IVR market in the U.S. and abroad. They have the bulk of the market in dictation and voice recognition transcription, thanks to a number of strategic and daring acquisitions."

A more recent pitch from EMG114 in April of this year followed that bullish line of thinking, elaborating the company's acquisition-enhanced competitive edge:

It's expanding and growing fast and buyouts have helped this company. First of all, the technology that it offers is being used for tech assistance, flight status and many more tech related in today's modern world since it has thousands of customers for its products. It has grown mainly through buyouts since it has acquired 18 purchases in the past 8 years and recently, it acquired eScription, a speech software used in medical transcription.

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