Based on the aggregated intelligence of 180,000-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) Sunnyvale, Calif. (2000)
Market Cap $868.3 million
Industry Communications equipment
Trailing-12-Month Revenue $436.04 million

CEO Thomas Fallon (since 2010)

CFO Ita Brennan (since 2010)

Return on Equity (Average, Past 3 Years) (12.9%)
Cash/Debt $268.59 million / $0

Alcatel-Lucent (NYSE: ALU)

Ericsson (Nasdaq: ERIC)

Cisco Systems (Nasdaq: CSCO)

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

On CAPS, 98% of the 1,681 members who have rated Infinera believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bulls include All-Star cibient, who is ranked in the top 15% of our community, and scotinus.

Just last month, cibient brought some insider information to our community's attention: "Not my usual type of pick, but the CEO and another insider just bought into very heavily. Trading near the bottom of its 52 week range and this stock is supposed to be a 'rule breaker' style stock."

Infinera even boasts roughly $269 million in cash on its balance sheet with zero debt. Meanwhile, much larger rivals Alcatel-Lucent, Ericsson, and Cisco sport debt-to-equity ratios of 109%, 21%, and 36%, respectively.

CAPS member scotinus elaborates on the Infinera bull case:

Has had a decent haircut recently due to timing of [40Gb/s] solution. But it's the [100Gb/s] transition in 2012/13 that will count and Infinera are in good position to capitalize. There may be more volatility in months to come but current price will likely be close to the low. If 2012 lab trials and [100Gb/s] introduction go well, there should be plenty upside to come.

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