Based on the aggregated intelligence of 180,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, solid-state drive specialist STEC (Nasdaq: STEC) has earned a respected four-star ranking.

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

STEC facts

Headquarters (Founded) Santa Ana, Calif. (1990)
Market Cap $430.2 million
Industry Data storage devices
Trailing-12-Month Revenue $343.8 million
Management Co-Founder/Chairman/CEO Manouch Moshayedi
Co-Founder/President/COO Mark Moshayedi
Return on Equity (Average, Past 3 Years) 16.4%
Cash/Debt $161.2 million / $0
Competitors Intel (Nasdaq: INTC)
SanDisk (Nasdaq: SNDK)
Micron Technology (Nasdaq: MU)

Sources: S&P Capital IQ and Motley Fool CAPS.

On CAPS, 92% of the 763 members who have rated STEC believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bulls include fellow Fool Anders Bylund (TMFZahrim), who is ranked in the top 20% of our community, and SreeRama.

Earlier this month, Anders tapped STEC as a timely bargain pick: "We have a double-dip buying opportunity in front of us here, after two consecutive quarters of reticent short-term guidance but an intact long-term growth story."

STEC even boasts roughly $160 million in cash on its balance sheet with zero debt. Meanwhile, competitors Intel, SanDisk, and Micron sport debt-to-equity ratios of 16%, 24%, and 20%, respectively.

CAPS member SreeRama elaborates on the bull case:

Faster, Cheaper, Quieter and more (yes, reliable too) ... is the needs of data storage today. STEC with their multiple decades of storage related experience and proven (time and field tested) technology platform is a leader/key-player in this growing industry segment. They will do well even as an independent company; however, they are more likely to be acquired by a larger player sooner or later.

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