Based on the aggregated intelligence of 140,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, hydraulic valve and manifold maker Sun Hydraulics (NASDAQ:SNHY) has earned a coveted five-star ranking.

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

Sun Hydraulics facts

Headquarters (Founded)

Sarasota, Fla. (1970)

Market Cap

$330.9 million


Industrial equipment and components

Trailing-12-Month Revenue

$124.5 million


CEO Allen Carlson (since 2000)
CFO Tricia Fulton (since 2006)

Return on Equity (Average, Past 3 Years)



$31.4 million/$0

Dividend Yield


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

On CAPS, 99% of the 1,409 members who have rated Sun Hydraulics believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bulls include DavidBear and All-Star Gedmitri, who is ranked in the top 20% of our community.

A few months ago, DavidBear tapped the stock as a rather boring way to secure stimulating returns:

This is a well run company with a solid management and a business model that values people and innovation. Sure making cartridge valves and manifolds is not the most exciting technology in the world, but they will always be needed for power transfer. [H]eavy construction equipment will make a comeback, and [Sun Hydraulics] is surely best-of-breed.

In a more recent pitch, Gedmitri explains why Sun Hydraulics seems to be peaking through the clouds:

This stock has managed its balance sheet very well during this downturn. Its price is the same as it was in early 2005 with a stronger balance sheet and positioning in the market. ... Their products are necessary for the eventual economic turnaround and their rapid delivery gives them a further advantage. With some companies, the attraction to buy comes from a low price, good management, lots of cash, or some other reason. This company has them all and then some.

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Fool contributor Brian Pacampara owns no position in any of the companies mentioned. Sun Hydraulics is a Motley Fool Hidden Gems pick, and Johnson & Johnson is a choice of Income Investor. The Fool's disclosure policy always gets a perfect score.