Based on the aggregated intelligence of 125,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, Jinpan International (NASDAQ:JST), a maker of cast resin transformers, 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 Jinpan's business, and see what CAPS investors are saying about the stock right now.

Jinpan facts 

Headquarters (founded)

Haikou, China (1993)

Market Cap

$115.5 million


Electrical components & equipment

TTM Revenue

$163.6 million

Return on Equity (average, last two years)


Dividend Yield



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CAPS members bullish on JST also bullish on

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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 145 of the 154 All-Star members who have rated Jinpan -- some 94% -- believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bulls include TSIF and MJKpayday, both of whom are ranked in the top 20% of our community.

Last month, TSIF noted that with "a good outreach to the US, the OBAMA plan to work on infrastructure, coupled with the mix of switching needed for the hybrid power grid, (solar, wind, etc), will make JST a key player in the next few years."

In a pitch from October, MJKpayday shares that sentiment, highlighting the company's strong competitive position:

Jinpan makes transformers, you know those big cylinder shaped grey or green things that sit high on poles, or those awkward green boxes you see scattered through your neighborhood. Those are transformers and Jinpan makes, albeit expensive, but high quality transformers for the burgeoning Chinese electric grid. They are one of the biggest in China and unlikely to be beset by competitions. Their income statement is an envious, growing by some 30% a year with plenty of profits to benefit shareholders. The balance sheet is healthy, and it has one of my favorite check boxes checked - no debt. All and all, end of the world aside, Jinpan has piqued my interest.

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Foolish contributor Brian Pacampara owns no position in any of the companies mentioned. Jinpan and AOB are Motley Fool Hidden Gems picks. Apple is a selection of Stock Advisor. The Fool owns shares of American Oriental Bioengineering. The Fool's disclosure policy always gets a perfect score.