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 and see what CAPS investors are saying about the stock right now.

Intuitive facts

Headquarters (founded)

Sunnyvale, Calif. (1995)

Market Cap

$21.7 billion


Health care equipment

Trailing-12-Month Revenue

$2.1 billion


CEO Gary Guthart (since 2010)
CFO Marshall Mohr (since 2006)

Return on Equity (average, past 3 years)


Cash / Debt

$1.1 billion / $0


Curexo Technology
Medtronic (NYSE:MDT)

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

On CAPS, 95% of the 4,361 members who have rated Intuitive believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward.

Just yesterday, one of those Fools, jwlarson3, succinctly summed up the Intuitive bull case for our community:

Even if the economy sees sales stymied now, that will change over time. I think the biggest predictor of success over the long term is the fact that new doctors are trained on the DaVinci extensively and actually rely on it. In our hospital, the urologists are having a very tough time recruits new partners because the hospital does not have a DaVinci and the doctors fresh out of residency don't want to come work without it. Even though it is expensive, it is the way that trends are going now. Most large [hospitals] are going to need one in the next 5 years.

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Fool contributor Brian Pacampara has no positions in the stocks mentioned above. The Motley Fool owns shares of Intuitive Surgical and Medtronic and has the following options: short MAY 2013 $44.00 calls on Medtronic. Motley Fool newsletter services recommend Intuitive Surgical. Try any of our Foolish newsletter services free for 30 days. We Fools may not all hold the same opinions, but we all believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. The Motley Fool has a disclosure policy.