Based on the aggregated intelligence of 180,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, fiber-based laser and amplifier maker IPG Photonics (Nasdaq: IPGP) has earned a coveted five-star ranking.

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

IPG facts

Headquarters (founded) Oxford, Mass. (1990)
Market Cap $2.9 billion
Industry Electronic manufacturing services
Trailing-12-Month Revenue $513.7 million
Management Founder/Chairman/CEO Dr. Valentin Gapontsev
CFO Timothy Mammen
Return on Equity (average, past 3 years) 19.8%
Cash/Debt $355.3 million / $21.4 million
Competitors Coherent
Rofin-Sinar Technologies

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

On CAPS, 98% of the 1,465 members who have rated IPG believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward.

Just yesterday, one of those Fools, All-Star BoiseKen, succinctly summed up the IPG bull case for our community:

They have a good history of beat estimates most quarters; a good deal of growth and innovation; [P/E] around 23 (not bad for a growth company). A fear of economic contraction may put pressure on shares, but I think a "long-term buy & add during times of weakness approach" will prove profitable. Innovation, growth, and a reasonable entry price.

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