Based on the aggregated intelligence of 180,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, integrated biopharmaceutical company Alkermes (Nasdaq: ALKS) has earned a respected four-star ranking.

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

Alkermes facts

Headquarters (founded) Dublin (1987)
Market Cap $2.3 billion
Industry Biotechnology
Trailing-12-Month Revenue $390.0 million
Management Chairman/CEO Richard Pops
CFO James Frates
Return on Equity (average, past 3 years) (13%)
Cash/Debt $190.5 million / $445.0 million
Competitors Abbott Labs
Eli Lilly

Sources: S&P Capital IQ and Motley Fool CAPS.

On CAPS, 96% of the 248 members who have rated Alkermes believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward.  

A couple of months ago, one of those Fools, neinstein, nicely summed up the bull case for our community:

These guys use technology to improve existing drugs, and make them less burdensome for patients to take. Plus, they're inventing a lot of new ones themselves. I think 2012 could be the breakout year for Alkermes, as the company now has five drugs on the market and, next year, they expect to see double-digit revenue growth. ... Plus, Alkermes has a hefty pipeline ... that's what matters ... where the company keeps on developing better drugs in areas they know well. This company is the opposite of the big, old-line pharma companies that seem to have hit the wall, or fallen off the cliff ... the patent cliff, that is.

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