As we've hit the halfway point for 2012, now's a good time to look back at what's happening with the stocks that interest you. By making sure you know the important things that a company accomplished -- as well as the setbacks it experienced -- you can make a better decision about whether it's a smart investment for your portfolio.
Today, let's take a look at MAKO Surgical
Stats on MAKO Surgical
|2012 YTD Return||1.6%|
|Market Capitalization||$1.09 billion|
|Revenue, Most Recent Quarter||$19.6 million|
|Year-Over-Year Revenue Growth, Most Recent Quarter||50.8%|
|Net Loss, Most Recent Quarter||($11.7 million)|
Source: S&P Capital IQ, company reports.
Why has MAKO Surgical been so volatile this year?
A look at the chart above suggests that MAKO has had a smooth ride, but nothing could be further from the truth. The stock was up as much as 80% before plunging in early May on disappointing results in its first quarter.
MAKO definitely has plenty of potential. Intuitive Surgical
Unfortunately, MAKO's price requires faster growth than the company has produced lately. MAKO only sold six surgical systems in the first quarter, and that combined with guidance that had analysts questioning whether the company could miss estimates again in the future had the stock losing all its 2012 gains a couple of months ago. Still, the company is much further along than Hansen Medical
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Fool contributor Dan Caplinger doesn't own shares of the companies mentioned. The Motley Fool owns shares of MAKO Surgical, Intuitive Surgical, and Zimmer Holdings. Motley Fool newsletter services have recommended buying shares of MAKO Surgical, Stryker, and Intuitive Surgical. We Fools may not all hold the same opinions, but we all believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. The Fool has a disclosure policy.