Based on the aggregated intelligence of 170,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, deduplication appliances specialist Riverbed Technology (Nasdaq: RVBD) has earned a respected four-star ranking.

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

Riverbed facts

Headquarters (Founded) San Francisco (2002)
Market Cap $5.4 billion
Industry Communications equipment
Trailing-12-Month Revenue $603 million
Management Co-Founder/Chairman/CEO Jerry Kennelly
CFO Randy Gottfried
Return on Equity (Average, Past 3 Years) 5.1%
Cash / Debt $471.9 million / $0
Competitors Cisco Systems (Nasdaq: CSCO)
F5 Networks (Nasdaq: FFIV)
Juniper Networks (NYSE: JNPR)

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

On CAPS, 94% of the 786 members who have rated Riverbed believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bulls include EspressoMan88 and JohnBugsy.

On April 23, EspressoMan88 wrote that Riverbed still has plenty of room to rise: "It still has a premium valuation, but given its market, impressive technology and growth, I'm betting that those are justified. Should continue to do well over the next few years."

Over the next five years, in fact, Riverbed is expected to grow its bottom line at a brisk rate of 28.4% annually. That's faster than listed rivals Cisco (10.4%), F5 (23.4%), and Juniper (19.3%).

CAPS member JuhnBugsy expands on the Riverbed outperform argument:

I want to say one word to you. Just one word: Apps. That's not really a word, but an abbreviation, but that's not the point. The point is applications for smart-phones is a revolution that (hopefully) isn't over. There are new apps to come and consolidation in the segment. [Riverbed] is a player, an acquirer, and a target. Ride it.

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