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

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

NuVasive facts

Headquarters (founded) San Diego, Calif. (1997)
Market Cap $660.3 million
Industry Healthcare equipment
Trailing-12-Month Revenue $589.2 million
Management Chairman/CEO Alexis Lukianov
President/COO Keith Valentine
Return on Equity (average, past 3 years) 2.7%
Cash/Debt $241.8 million / $400.3 million
Competitors DePuy Spine

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

On CAPS, 90% of the 187 members who have rated NuVasive believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward.

A few months ago, one of those bulls, Rsue, succinctly summed up the opportunity for our community:

This is a technological medical device company innovating at the forefront of minimally disruptive surgical products and procedures for the spine. With their surgical techniques and products, spine surgery patients have less blood loss, less time in hospital, and significantly quicker recovery time both initially after surgery and longer-term -- with patients typically going back to work within 4-6 weeks versus the more usual 6 months.

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