Based on the aggregated intelligence of 170,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, biopharmaceutical company Cubist Pharmaceuticals (Nasdaq: CBST) has earned a respected four-star ranking.

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

Cubist facts

Headquarters (Founded) Lexington, Mass. (1992)
Market Cap $2.1 billion
Industry Biotechnology
Trailing-12-Month Revenue $654.9 million

CEO Michael Bonney

CFO David McGirr

Return on Equity (Average, Past 3 Years) 30%
Cash/Debt $900.7 million / $440.3 million

Merck (NYSE: MRK)

Novartis (NYSE: NVS)

Pfizer (NYSE: PFE)

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

On CAPS, 95% of the 336 members who have rated Cubist believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bulls include gopyerk and All-Star PDTBiotech, who is ranked in the top 10% of our community.

A couple of months ago, gopyerk listed several of Cubist's positives: "Some great buzz about this company right now. Good clinicals taking place, nice earnings and some great growth potential. I like this for the long term."

Over the next five years, in fact, Cubist is expected to grow its bottom line at a solid rate of 12.1%. That's faster than much larger drug stocks like Merck (4.2%), Novartis (4%), and Pfizer (2.8%).

CAPS All-Star PDTBiotech expands on the Cubist outperform argument:

*Rumored offer by Shire is probably legit, and will stir up BD execs at many other companies to take a peek. ...

*Cubicin offers a way to buy revenues over a stretch of time when many companies will have a gap due to the patent cliff (cubicin IP expires mid-2016).

*Lots of upside to this company, including a seasoned ID sales force, some interesting pipeline products, and profitability.

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