Based on the aggregated intelligence of 115,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, Chinese solar-wafer maker LDK Solar (NYSE:LDK) 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 outshine 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 LDK Solar's business, and see what CAPS investors are saying about the stock right now.

LDK Solar facts 


Headquarters (Founded)

Xinyu City, China (2005)

Market Cap

$5.25 billion



TTM Revenue

$1.03 billion


Founder/CEO Xiaofeng Peng

COO Xingxue Tong

Major Competitors

MEMC Electronic Materials (NYSE:WFR)

ReneSola (NYSE:SOL)

CAPS members bullish on LDK also bullish on

Suntech Power (NYSE:STP)

First Solar (NASDAQ:FSLR)

CAPS members bearish on LDK also bearish on


Solarfun Power Holdings (NASDAQ:SOLF)

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

Over on CAPS, fully 243 of 263 of the All-Star members who have rated LDK Solar -- some 93% -- believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward. These members include darkgoody and blade5adj, both of whom are ranked in the top 17% of our community.

In September 2007, darkgoody wrote:

"Solar in China seems like a no-brainer. With pollution knocking 3 % off of annual growth and power demand skyrocketing, China will have to adopt a more diverse portfolio of energy supplies to keep up (and to keep their people alive). Also note Hu's interest in 'Green Economy'."

A more recent pitch from blade5adj in March followed that bullish line of reasoning, highlighting LDK's pleasing position within the value chain:

Although I'm a bit wary about its Chinese origin (they're not exactly known for their free market thinking and free information), since this company is more involved with manufacturing and serving as a middleman between raw materials and vendors, I feel like if it can keep ahead of the curve it can remain a strong competitor and a serious growth stock. ... [L]ook to fluctuations in silicon prices to push down margins in the short term. Rising commodity prices such as oil should prove to be a boon for this stock as well though.

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