Based on the aggregated intelligence of 120,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, solar module maker Suntech Power (NYSE:STP) has earned a respected four-star ranking. While 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 Suntech's business and see what CAPS investors are saying about the stock right now.

Suntech facts

Headquarters (founded)

Wuxi, China (2001)

Market Cap

$1.06 billion


Electrical components and equipment

TTM Revenue

$1.91 billion


Founder/CEO Zhengrong Shi

CFO Amy Yi Zhang

Return on Equity (average last three years)



Kyocera (NYSE:KYO),

Evergreen Solar (NASDAQ:ESLR)

CAPS members bullish on STP also bullish on

General Electric (NYSE:GE),


CAPS members bearish on STP also bearish on

First Solar (NASDAQ:FSLR),


Sources: Capital IQ (a division of Standard & Poor's), and Motley Fool CAPS. TTM = trailing 12 months.

Over on CAPS, 3,977 of the 4,110 members who have rated Suntech -- or 97% -- believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500. These Foolish bulls include PiMaster and dockofthebay.

Last week, PiMaster had this to say about Suntech:

Oil will go back up substantially over the course of the next few years, and as it does this stock will do very well. The world needs this technology, and as the biggest player in the biggest country (with a good presence in the US also), this stock seems like a must long-term.

In a pitch just three days later, dockofthebay agreed, stressing the stock's really long-term potential:

This industry is being strained right now by a variety of factors, all of which are temporary. The well financed companies with good reputations and the ability to adapt to technological advances in solar will survive the squeeze. Grid parity will be reached and Suntech Power Holdings will be in business on that day. The sun is going to be around longer than this planet's supply of oil and natural gas.

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Fool contributor Brian Pacampara owns no position in any of the companies mentioned. Suntech Power and Google are both Motley Fool Rule Breakers selections. The Fool's disclosure policy always gets a perfect score.