Based on the aggregated intelligence of 115,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, solar-wafer maker MEMC Electronic Materials (NYSE:WFR) has earned a respected four-star ranking. Although five-star stocks have been the best performers, our data has shown that four-star stocks still outshine the market by a significant margin and shouldn't be taken lightly; conversely, low-rated stocks have woefully lagged the market average.

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

MEMC Electronic facts 

Headquarters (Founded)

St. Peters, Mo. (1984)

Market Cap

$9.08 billion


Semiconductor equipment

Trailing-12-Month Revenue

$2.04 billion


CEO Nabeel Gareeb (Since 2002)
CFO Kenneth Hannah (Since 2006)

Return on Capital (Average, Past Three Years)


Major Competitors

Evergreen Solar (NASDAQ:ESLR)

CAPS Members Bullish on WFR Also Bullish on:

Suntech Power (NYSE:STP)

CAPS Members Bearish on WFR Also Bearish on:

First Solar (NASDAQ:FSLR)

Sources: Capital IQ (a division of Standard & Poor's) and Motley Fool CAPS.

Over on CAPS, fully 342 of the 366 All-Star members who have rated MEMC -- some 93% -- believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bulls include marc64 and angus118. In May, marc64 wrote:

[MEMC is a] real company, turning great profits, growing fast and sitting on a bunch of cash. The current [price-to-earnings ratio] does not reflect its growth. ... WFR looks like it's needing governments' help less and less. What's not to like?

A pitch from angus118 a day later agreed with that bullish sentiment, highlighting the stock as a powerful "poly play":

The rise of oil prices in recent years has led to increased demand for solar energy, which in turn has created a run-up in silicon prices that makes oil's climb look modest. In 2000 a kilogram of "polysilicon" could have been yours for $9. By the time of my first column on MEMC nearly four years ago, poly was up to about $30 a kilogram. By last November's column it had soared to $200. Now it's more than twice as expensive. That has been a boon for MEMC, which unlike many of its competitors makes most of its poly.

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