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Why Intuitive Surgical Is Ready to Rebound

By Brian D. Pacampara, CFA - Apr 3, 2013 at 1:15PM

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Market-trouncing returns could be written in this 4-Star.

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 (ISRG 1.92%) has earned a respected four-star ranking.

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

Intuitive Surgical facts

Headquarters (founded)

Sunnyvale, Calif. (1995)

Market Cap

$20.1 billion

Industry

Health care equipment

Trailing-12-Month Revenue

$2.2 billion

Management

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

Return on Equity (average, past 3 years)

21.2%

Cash/Debt

$1.3 billion / $0

Competitors

Accuray
Medtronic

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

On CAPS, 95% of the 4,450 members who have rated Intuitive Surgical believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward.

Just last month, one of those Fools, CommonScents, succinctly summed up the Micron bull case for our community:

The sell-off due to Dr. James Breeden's statement is an over-reaction. The benefits of the da Vinci machine have been heavily scrutinized and doctors continue to increase its utilization. No, it is not the best or only option for every single procedure, but it is clearly an innovative device that benefits patients as well as hospitals and doctors. ... [Intuitive] could easily double in the next 5-8 years.

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