Based on the aggregated intelligence of 130,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, hydraulic valve and manifold maker Sun Hydraulics (NASDAQ:SNHY) has earned a coveted five-star ranking.

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

Sun Hydraulics facts

Headquarters (founded)

Sarasota, Fla. (1970)

Market Cap

$204.0 million


Industrial machinery

TTM Revenue

$178.3 million


President/CEO Allen Carlson (since 2000)
CFO Tricia Fulton (since 2006)

Return on Equity (average, last three years)


Dividend Yield



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CAPS members bullish on SNHY also bullish on:

Johnson & Johnson (NYSE:JNJ)

CAPS members bearish on SNHY also bearish on:

Nuance Communications (NASDAQ:NUAN)
A-Power Energy (NASDAQ:APWR)

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

Over on CAPS, 1,372 of the 1,383 members who have rated Sun -- or 99% -- believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bulls include my fellow Fool Matt Koppenheffer (TMFKopp) and All-Star cclogic77, who is ranked in the top 7% of our community.

Two weeks ago, Matt tapped the stock as a tasty income and turnaround play: "Solid dividend and just a generally all-around well-run company. Will take its lumps during the slowdown, but its strong balance sheet should help it see the other side."

In a pitch from one day earlier, cclogic77 uses heavy All-Star support to help support the bull argument:

This popped up in a screen for companies with over 200 all-star outperforms and 5 or less all-star underperforms. Further inspection revealed great financials and a bright outlook. No debt and very little liabilities, strong cash flows, and very strong earnings growth over the past 5 years. The current economy presents a great buying opportunity.

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Fool contributor Brian Pacampara owns no position in any of the companies mentioned. Sun Hydraulics and Nuance are Motley Fool Hidden Gems picks. Apple is a Stock Advisor selection, and Johnson & Johnson is a choice of Income Investor. The Fool's disclosure policy always gets a perfect score.