Based on the aggregated intelligence of 180,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, nanotech and electron microscopy specialist FEI Company (Nasdaq: FEIC) has earned a coveted five-star ranking.

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

FEI facts

Headquarters (founded) Hillsboro, Ore. (1971)
Market Cap $1.9 billion
Industry Scientific and technical instruments
Trailing-12-Month Revenue $826.4 million
Management CEO Dr. Don Kania (since 2006)
CFO Raymond Link (since 2005)
Return on Capital (average, past 3 years) 9.6%
Cash/Debt $336.6 million / $89 million
Competitors Carl Zeiss
Hitachi High-Technologies

Sources: S&P Capital IQ and Motley Fool CAPS.

On CAPS, 97% of the 275 members who have rated FEI believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward.  

Just last month, one of those Fools, Clint35, brought FEI's solid fundamentals to our community's attention: "It's pretty cheap for a small company that's growing [quarterly] sales at about 14% and earnings around 36%. They also have a good balance sheet and pretty good margins."  

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