Based on the aggregated intelligence of 165,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, health-care staffing specialist AMN Healthcare Services (NYSE: AHS) has earned a respected four-star ranking.

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

AMN facts

Headquarters (Founded)

San Diego (1985)

Market Cap

$151 million


Health-care services

Trailing-12-Month Revenue

$604 million


CEO Susan Salka (since 2005)

CFO Bary Bailey (since 2009)

Return on Capital (Average, Past 3 Years)



$41 million / $104 million


Cross Country Healthcare (Nasdaq: CCRN)

On Assignment (Nasdaq: ASGN)

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

On CAPS, 92.5% of the 188 members who have rated AMN believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bulls include All-Stars mrindependent and TMFDeej, both of whom are ranked in the top 1% of our community.

Just last week, mrindependent brought AMN's cheapish valuation to our community's attention:

Price sales and price book ratios are at historic lows. Assuming the company turns around as expected, eps should rise to $0.30 by 2011, which would yield a historically low p/e ratio for this company. ... The balance sheet looks safe because the $103 million in debt is offset by $40 million in cash. Demand for medical temps is at a cyclical low, but this won't last forever. 

AMN doesn't seem like the best bet with double-digit unemployment around, but the stock's recent free fall has been too steep for several top Fools to ignore. AMN is down nearly 40% over the past two months, while bigger staffing alternative Manpower (NYSE: MAN) is actually up slightly and Robert Half (NYSE: RHI) has shed just 7%. More importantly, with the stock now trading at a paltry EV/EBITDA of 6.4, lower than closer health-care staffing foes Cross Country (10.4) and On Assignment (9.3), AMN truly looks priced for imperfection. 

CAPS All-Star TMFDeej expands on the turnaround opportunity:

The healthcare staffing company AMN Healthcare's stock has been absolutely wrecked lately. The company's shares were already under pressure and starting to look attractive when it announced that it was acquiring MedFinders. Mr. Market really hated that move. ...

That is what got me interested in the company. It's almost as if AHS is being priced as though it will go bankrupt. I don't believe that will happen. The company should be able to cover its interest payments barring an absolute implosion in the economy and the demand for nurses. With an aging population, the demographic tailwinds are certainly in the company's favor.

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Fool contributor Brian Pacampara owns no position in any of the companies mentioned. The Fool owns shares of AMN Healthcare Services. The Fool's disclosure policy always gets a perfect score.