Based on the aggregated intelligence of 170,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, optical networking specialist Infinera (Nasdaq: INFN) has earned a coveted five-star ranking.

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

Infinera facts

Headquarters (Founded) Sunnyvale, Calif. (2000)
Market Cap $783.4 million
Industry Communications equipment
Trailing-12-Month Revenue $451.5 million

CEO Thomas Fallon (since 2010)

CFO Ita Brennan (since 2010)

Return on Equity (Average, Past 3 Years) (6.9%)
Cash/Debt $275.2 million / $0

Alcatel-Lucent (NYSE: ALU)

CIENA (Nasdaq: CIEN)

Cisco Systems (Nasdaq: CSCO)

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

On CAPS, 98% of the 1,631 members who have rated Infinera believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bulls include mdriver78 and fenixhidra.

About a month ago, mdriver78 tapped Infinera as a solid growth opportunity:

Recently, Infinera won a Digital Optical Network contract with the North Georgia Network Cooperative. ... We could reasonably expect INFN to win a lot of these stimulus broadband equipment contracts, because their Digital Optical Network is flexible, fast and has low operating costs.

Over the next five years, in fact, Infinera is expected to grow its bottom line at a brisk rate of 20% annually. That's faster than bigger rivals Alcatel (5.0%), CIENA (17.8%), and Cisco (10.4%).

CAPS member fenixhidra elaborates on the bull case:

Infinera has a patented technology (photonic integration circuits) that will be difficult for its competitors to replicate. Carriers will need increased speed and data storage and INFN provides wavelength division multiplexers that allow for both speed and data storage. The potential is the 100G network which will make carriers have an easier time providing service, faster and be more efficient.

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