Based on the aggregated intelligence of 180,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, solar and LED equipment maker GT Advanced Technologies (Nasdaq: GTAT) has earned a respected four-star ranking.

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

GT Advanced facts

Headquarters (founded) Merrimack, N.H. (1994)
Market Cap $720.1 million
Industry Semiconductor equipment
Trailing-12-Month Revenue $891.9 million
Management CEO Thomas Gutierrez (since 2009)
CFO Richard Gaynor (since 2010)
Return on Equity (average, past 3 years) 68.4%
Cash/Debt $332.4 million / $145.0 million
Competitors Applied Materials
centrotherm photovoltaics
OC Oerlikon

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

On CAPS, 93% of the 639 members who have rated GT Advanced believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward.  

A few months ago, one of those bulls, hend6, tapped the stock as a particularly bright long-term opportunity:

I think solar will continue to grow, maybe slowly but surely. Foreign price pressure doesn't help, but [GT Advanced] continues to keep positive earnings despite a lagging share price. I don't know if it will beat the market, as I feel we're one or two "big steps" from great market acceptance, but once those steps are taken [GT Advanced] stands to benefit greatly. That may take one year or ten years, but I feel this is a good long term pick if you believe in the future of solar.

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