Based on the aggregated intelligence of 170,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, Chinese solar cell specialist JA Solar Holdings (Nasdaq: JASO) has earned a respected four-star ranking.

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

JA Solar facts

Headquarters (Founded) Shanghai, China (2005)
Market Cap $1.6 billion
Industry Semiconductors
Trailing-12-Month Revenue $1.08 billion

CEO Dr. Peng Fang (since January 2010)

CFO Ming-Wai Chung (since January 2009)

Return on Equity (Average, Past 3 Years) 9.2%
Cash/Debt $328.76 million / $357.22 million

Trina Solar (NYSE: TSL)


Suntech Power (NYSE: STP)

Yingli Green Energy (NYSE: YGE)

Sources: Capital IQ (a division of Standard & Poor's) and Motley Fool CAPS.

On CAPS, 95% of the 1,516 members who have rated JA Solar believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bulls include All-Stars SydParrot and Geofiz, both of whom are ranked in the top 20% of our community.

Last month, SydParrot touched on JA Solar's sunny short-term outlook: "Translate their 1.35GW guidance for this year into Q3 and Q4 earnings, and they are worth closer to $15 than $10 by February. Throw in that enormous new contract for 2011 and a great new module due out this year, I bet they hit a new high within two years."

Just last week, JA Solar announced yet another big deal: supplying BP's (NYSE: BP) solar unit with more than 100 megawatts of solar cells in 2011. Couple juicy deals like that with JA Solar's ultra-efficient operations and it's easy to see why Fools are so drawn to the shares. Aside from vertically integrated cost leaders Trina and Yingli, JA Solar's recent operating margins are substantially higher than most in the industry's, including Suntech, LDK, and Canadian Solar (Nasdaq: CSIQ).   

CAPS All-Star Geofiz elaborates:

Picking [JA Solar] (and previously Solarfun) as the two most innovative, low cost solar companies. Solar will inevitably become a fundamental solution in providing energy in many parts of the world (and that statement is coming from someone with 30 years in the O&G industry). There will be bumps in the road to be sure, but long term demand is essentially a given, so I'm betting on what appear to be the best players.

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