Based on the aggregated intelligence of 180,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, surgical-robot specialist Intuitive Surgical (Nasdaq: ISRG) has earned a respected four-star ranking.

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

Intuitive facts

Headquarters (founded) Sunnyvale, Calif. (1995)
Market Cap $21.8 billion
Industry Healthcare equipment
Trailing-12-Month Revenue $1.9 billion
Management CEO Gary Guthart (since 2010)
CFO Marshall Mohr (since 2006)
Return on Equity (average, past 3 years) 20.1%
Cash / Debt $971.3 million / $0
Competitors Accuray
Curexo Technology

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

On CAPS, 95% of the 4,311 members who have rated Intuitive believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward.

Earlier this month, one of those Fools, mario17, highlighted several of Intuitive's positives:

Although growth is slowing down, there is still growth potential, not only from its actual procedures but from possible new ones. This potential growth combine with an excellent management, a dominant position, no debt, huge cash flow, and so on, makes this company have excellent reasons to believe it can outperform the S&P 500.

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