Based on the aggregated intelligence of 170,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, memory module and solid-state storage device (SSD) specialist STEC (Nasdaq: STEC) has earned a respected four-star ranking.

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

STEC facts

Headquarters (Founded)

Santa Ana, Calif. (1990)

Market Cap

$906.06 million


Data storage devices

Trailing-12-Month Revenue

$292.23 million


Co-Founder/CEO Manouch Moshayedi

Co-Founder/COO Mark Moshayedi

Return on Equity (Average, Past 3 Years)



$160.56 million / $0


Intel (Nasdaq: INTC)

Micron Technology (NYSE: MU)

SanDisk (Nasdaq: SNDK)

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

On CAPS, 92% of the 777 members who have rated STEC believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bulls include foollips and Crucible151.

Just last month, foollips touched on the tailwind working in STEC's favor: "As enterprise companies start replacing their storage systems to expand capacity and replace old storage devices, [SSDs] are going to take off."

STEC's relatively small size and debtless balance sheet make it one of the more potent plays on the growing SSD market. Over the next five years, STEC is even expected to grow its bottom line (16% per annum) at a faster clip than much bigger foes like Intel (12.8%), Micron (11.8%), and SanDisk (14.3%), as well as hard-drive specialists Western Digital (NYSE: WDC) (6.3%) and Seagate (NYSE: STX) (10.8%).

CAPS member Crucible151sums up the SSD opportunity:

SSDs have greatly improved performance over traditional [hard drives]. Especially for mobile applications. Power consumption, weight, and noise are reduced dramatically. While speed is turbo charged. In the next few years as they become less expensive they will become the staple. Increasing performance both for computer speed and battery life because of their lowered power consumption.

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