Based on the aggregated intelligence of 115,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, Wi-Fi router maker NETGEAR (NASDAQ:NTGR) has earned a coveted five-star ranking. Our data has shown that five-star stocks outperform the market by a significant margin; conversely, one-star stocks have woefully lagged the market average.

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


Headquarters (Founded)

Santa Clara, Calif. (1996)

Market Cap

$562.52 million


Communications Equipment

TTM Revenue

$792.56 million


CEO Patrick Lo (since March 2002)

CFO Christine Gorjanc (since January 2008)

Return on Equity (average last three years)


Major Competitors

Cisco Systems (NASDAQ:CSCO)

Hewlett-Packard (NYSE:HPQ)

CAPS members bullish on NTGR also bullish on

Dolby Laboratories (NYSE:DLB)


CAPS members bearish on NTGR also bearish on

Lehman Brothers (NYSE:LEH)

Washington Mutual (NYSE:WM)

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

Over on CAPS, 486 of the 495 All-Star members who have rated NETGEAR -- or 98% -- believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500. These All-Star bulls include 4Foolz and tenmiles, both of whom are ranked in the top 15% of our community.

In May, 4Foolz wrote that NETGEAR is a "Great growth company going thru growing pains. 50% haircut is a nice entry point. Over $5 per share in CASH! Low P/E. What's not to like?"

In a pitch made one month earlier, tenmiles shared that contrarian spirit, stressing the stock's attractive long-term prospects:

Strong value metrics on this one ... Weakness in Europe will likely continue, as will cost pressures from US competitors struggling to stay in the game. Netgear is a survivor, but there is some historical seasonality to their business. Combined with the current macroeconomic climate, likely slow- to- dead money near term, but expect it will emerge [from] this cycle as a market beater over the next few years.

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