Based on the aggregated intelligence of 130,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, surgical robot maker Intuitive Surgical (NASDAQ:ISRG) has earned a respected four-star ranking.

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

Intuitive Surgical facts

Headquarters (founded)

Sunnyvale, Calif. (1995)

Market Cap

$5.94 billion


Health-care equipment

Trailing-12-Month Revenue

$875.1 million


CEO Lonnie Smith (since 1997)
CFO Marshall Mohr (since 2006)

Compound Annual Revenue Growth (over last five years)



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

Over on CAPS, fully 1,035 of the 1,081 All-Star members who have rated Intuitive -- some 96% -- believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bulls include neumann101 and crazyalucla, both of whom are ranked in the top 10% of our community.

Last month, neumann101 helped our community dissect the stock's growth potential:

Surgeons are still learning how to use the da Vinci robots. As insurance companies discover how the process cuts down on hospitilization costs, the business will expand. The interesting thing is how much money [Intuitive] makes by selling non-reusable kits required for each operation.

In a pitch from earlier in the month, crazyalucla uses some bullish intuition of his own:

This is the epitome of a rule-breaking stock. Being in the electronics industry, I thoroughly understand the benefits of a semi-automated process. Surgery is no exception, and I think that a company like Intuitive will be able to lead the way to a new future for surgical procedures. From an "idea" perspective, Intuitive is solid. Their balance sheet, and growth is solid as well. I was even more impressed after reading through their 2008 annual statement.

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