Based on the aggregated intelligence of 170,000-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.

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

Market Cap

$1.62 billion



Trailing-12-Month Revenue

$2.54 billion


Founder/CEO Zhengrong Shi

CFO Amy Yi Zhang

Return on Equity (average, past 3 years)



$946.2 million / $1.7 billion


JA Solar (Nasdaq: JASO)

Trina Solar (NYSE: TSL)

Solarfun (Nasdaq: SOLF)

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

On CAPS, 97% of the 4,362 members who have rated Suntech believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bulls include bemccorm and MikeBobulinksi.

Late last week , bemccorn helped our community see Suntech's bright side: "They stumbled last year with the release of Pluto, but the brand still has good recognition and they are poised to rebound with the extension of the tax credits."

Shares of Suntech are down 50% over the past year, severely lagging most of its peers, but many Fools think they're just too cheap to ignore. Currently, Suntech even trades at a price-to-cash flow (5.5) discount to fellow low-cost Chinese solar panel plays like JA (7.4), Trina (18.9), and Solarfun (6.8), as well as U.S. counterparts First Solar (Nasdaq: FSLR) (15.3) and SunPower (Nasdaq: SPWRA) (217.4).

CAPS member MikeBobulinski also sees sunny days ahead:

Another China play that shows more upward than downward potential. Add the fact that it is in a growth industry with a great future and almost limitless growth within a country that needs a bottomless pit of energy and you have a recipe for good things. Am not saying to bet the farm here, but now is a good time to buy in while the price is low.

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