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) Allentown, Pa. (2000)
Market Cap $833.1 million
Industry Communications equipment
Trailing-12-Month Revenue $427.4 million

CEO Thomas Fallon

Co-Founder/Chief Technology Officer Drew Perkins

Return on Equity (Average, Past 3 Years) (1%)
Cash/Debt $272.9 million / $0
Competitors Alcatel-Lucent (NYSE: ALU)
Cisco Systems (Nasdaq: CSCO)
Ciena (Nasdaq: CIEN)

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

On CAPS, 98% of the 1,338 members who have rated Infinera believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bulls include irishred1 and babre78.

Just last month, irishred1 decided to pounce on Infinera's recent plunge: "[D]ipping in this one again -- solid quarterly results, though future is weak. [S]till a growth story for the long haul."

In fact, Infinera's shares were crushed 35% after issuing downside guidance two weeks ago; they have since recovered just a small amount. But as my fellow Fool Anders Bylund noted, "American tier 1 network providers Verizon (NYSE: VZ) and AT&T (NYSE: T) have yet to subscribe to Infinera's platform," so there's still plenty of long-term potential left in the stock.

Despite the weak near-term outlook, small-fry Infinera is even expected to grow earnings at a faster clip (20% per annum) than much larger rivals Alcatel (5%), Cisco (12.5%), and Ciena (13.7%) over the next five years.

CAPS member babre78 elaborates:

Few will disagree that mobile internet is going to be huge. What do all these smart phones need in order for them to work? Bandwidth is what they need. I believe that optical networking is going to be the best way to provide that bandwidth. I also believe that Infinera is going to be a leader in the optical networking space via their [photonic integrated circuits].

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