Based on the aggregated intelligence of 120,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, Irish biotech company Elan (NYSE:ELN) 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 Elan's business, and see what CAPS investors are saying about the stock right now.

Elan facts 

Headquarters (Founded)

Dublin, Ireland (1969)

Market Cap

$2.88 billion

Industry

Drug Delivery

TTM Revenue

$949 million

Management

CEO G. Kelly Martin

CFO Shane Cooke

Return on Capital (average last three years)

(6.4%)

Competitors

Biogen Idec (NASDAQ:BIIB),

Pfizer (NYSE:PFE)

CAPS members bullish on ELN also bullish on:

Johnson & Johnson (NYSE:JNJ),

General Electric (NYSE:GE)

CAPS members bearish on ELN also bearish on:

Sangamo BioSciences,

Ford Motor (NYSE:F), MEMC Electronic Materials (NYSE:WFR)

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

Over on CAPS, some 93% of the 848 members who have rated Elan believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bulls include postbusters and stockdoc00.

Last week, postbusters urged our community to keep the faith:

I've been following ELN for years and have been burned terribly, but each time the stock rises from the ashes to head for the stars. They have such a great success at innovative new treatments that I have to believe they will be back in the fight for the title again.

A pitch from stockdoc00 in September shares that contrarian spirit, tapping Elan as a misunderstood biotech bargain:

A high risk high reward company with a very promising pipeline, in particular for Alzheimer's and multiple sclerosis. The recent Tysabri scare that precipitated its sudden drop was a huge overreaction by the investor community. While its fundamentals are not up to par compared with other premier pharma co's, it is way oversold and a great buy at its current levels.

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Fool contributor Brian Pacampara owns no position in any of the companies mentioned. Biogen Idec is a Motley Fool Stock Advisor pick. Pfizer and Johnson & Johnson are Income Investor selections. Pfizer is also a choice of Inside Value. The Fool owns shares of Pfizer. The Fool's disclosure policy always gets a perfect score.