Based on the aggregated intelligence of 140,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, power generator equipment maker American Superconductor (NASDAQ:AMSC) has received a distressing two-star ranking.

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

American Superconductor facts

Headquarters (Founded)

Devens, Mass. (1987)

Market Cap

$1.62 billion


Electrical components and equipment

Trailing-12-Month Revenue

$215.9 million


Founder/CEO Dr. Gregory Yurek

CFO David Henry

Return on Equity (Average, Past 3 Years)


Cash /  Debt

$95.4 million / $0

Year-to-Date Return




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

On CAPS, 18% of the 604 members who have rated American Superconductor believe the stock will underperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bears include smartdanny and All-Star mrindependent, who is ranked in the top 2% of our community.

Just two days ago, smartdanny tapped the stock as a particularly unprofitable situation: "I think that the stock market is going to start heading lower soon. If and when it does, companies like this with little in the way of earnings are going to get killed."

In an earlier pitch, mrindependent expands on American Superconductor as a quick way to get winded:

American Superconductor Corp is presumably positioned to take advantage of the rising interest in wind power. Revenues have grown dramatically over time, but profits stink. The company hopes to generate a $1.5 million profit for fiscal year 2010, but this is hardly enough to justify its market cap (which is more than 4 times book). This stock is likely to be incredibly volatile. The key is sell on the upswings and buy back stock on the downswings.

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Fool contributor Brian Pacampara owns no position in any of the companies mentioned. Suntech Power is a Motley Fool Rule Breakers recommendation. ABB is a Global Gains pick. The Fool's disclosure policy always gets a perfect score.