Based on the aggregated intelligence of 170,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, Internet infrastructure specialist Level 3 Communications (Nasdaq: LVLT) has earned a respected four-star ranking.

With that in mind, let's take a closer look at Level 3's business and see what CAPS investors are saying about the stock right now.

Level 3 facts

Headquarters (Founded)

Broomfield, Colo. (1884)

Market Cap

$1.9 billion


Alternative carriers

Trailing-12-Month Revenue

Diversified communication services


CEO James Crowe (since 1997)

CFO Sunit Patel (since 2003)

Return on Capital (Average, Past 3 Years)



$518 million / $6.5 billion



Verizon (NYSE: VZ)

Qwest Communications (NYSE: Q)

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

On CAPS, 94% of the 1,927 members who have rated Level 3 believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bulls include daddycswhite and rrufh.

This month, daddycswhite tapped Level 3's big win as a sure sign of bullish things to come: "Landing Netflix shows the infrastructure is there. Once the company can utilize its resources on non-Netflix tasks, they will land more big fish."

Even with Level 3's recent Netflix-fueled price strength, the shares are still down more than 20% over the past year. Meanwhile, incumbent carrier foes AT&T, Verizon, and Qwest, as well as content delivery rivals Akamai (Nasdaq: AKAM) and Limelight Networks (Nasdaq: LLNW), are all up 20% or greater over the same period.

CAPS member rrufh expands on Level 3's attractive upside:

Rich media is the way of the future for the Internet. Videos, audio and even images are now cached at these sites to offload cost and ensure uptime and page performance. Very few companies would do this on their own it isn't cost effective. Level 3 is positioned to be a leader in this field. The recent pick up of Netflix is a big win.

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