5-Star Stocks Poised to Pop: FEI

Based on the aggregated intelligence of 180,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, nanotech and electron microscopy specialist FEI Company (NAS: FEIC) has earned a coveted five-star ranking.

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

FEI facts

Headquarters (founded) Hillsboro, Ore. (1971)
Market Cap $1.9 billion
Industry Scientific and technical instruments
Trailing-12-Month Revenue $826.4 million
Management CEO Dr. Don Kania (since 2006)
CFO Raymond Link (since 2005)
Return on Capital (average, past 3 years) 9.6%
Cash/Debt $336.6 million / $89 million
Competitors Carl Zeiss
Hitachi High-Technologies
JEOL

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

On CAPS, 97% of the 275 members who have rated FEI believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward.  

Just last month, one of those Fools, Clint35, brought FEI's solid fundamentals to our community's attention: "It's pretty cheap for a small company that's growing [quarterly] sales at about 14% and earnings around 36%. They also have a good balance sheet and pretty good margins."  

If you want market-beating returns, you need to put together the best portfolio you can. Owning exceptional stocks is a surefire way to secure your financial future. Of course, despite a strong five-star rating, FEI may not be your top choice.

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At the time this article was published Fool contributor Brian Pacampara owns no position in any of the companies mentioned. Motley Fool newsletter services have recommended buying shares of FEI. Try any of our Foolish newsletter services free for 30 days.We Fools may not all hold the same opinions, but we all believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. The Fool's disclosure policy always gets a perfect score.

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