4-Star Stocks Poised to Pop: Intel

Based on the aggregated intelligence of 135,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, computer chip king Intel (Nasdaq: INTC  ) has earned a respected four-star ranking.

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

Intel facts

Headquarters (founded)

Santa Clara, Calif. (1968)

Market Cap

$90.76 billion

Industry

Semiconductors

Trailing-12-Month Revenue

$35.06 billion

Management

CEO Paul Otellini (since 2005)

CFO Stacy Smith (since 2007)

Return on Equity (average, last three years)

14.5%

Dividend Yield

3.5%

Competitors

AMD (NYSE: AMD  )

Texas Instruments (NYSE: TXN  )

CAPS Members Bullish on INTC Also Bullish on

Apple (Nasdaq: AAPL  )

Microsoft (Nasdaq: MSFT  )

CAPS Members Bearish on INTC Also Bearish on

Dell (Nasdaq: DELL  )

Google (Nasdaq: GOOG  )

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

Over on CAPS, some 92% of the 6,961 members who have rated Intel believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bulls include KinichAhau and All-Star rofgile, who is ranked in the top 3% of our community.

A couple of weeks ago, KinichAhau highlighted Intel as an Atom-ic opportunity:

With Intel's recent announcement of having chips in [Nokia] phones, and considering it already has most of the market share vs. AMD, not to mention the recent release of the ATOM chipsets that power most netbooks including the very recent ones, I can only see Intel increasing with time.

In a pitch from one month earlier, rofgile offers a balanced look inside Intel:

Intel is a chip leader. All of the competitors are now dust, with AMD falling far behind. Intel makes the chips for Macs now.

Intel has low LT debt to assets (0.05) -- a key stat I have been looking at this last year. Dividend yield currently 3.6%, pretty ok.

Negatives -- chip making requires constant investment in technology and has a eroding moat. Highly costly business to maintain. Consumerism is knocked back a bit, and computers have reached the point where there is less need to continuously buy new PCs. Could result in decreasing earnings next few years.

What do you think about Intel, or any other stock for that matter? Make your voice heard on Motley Fool CAPS today. More than 135,000 investors are waiting to hear what you have to say. CAPS is 100% free, so simply click here to get started.

Fool contributor Brian Pacampara owns no position in any of the companies mentioned. Apple is a Motley Fool Stock Advisor selection. Microsoft, Dell, and Intel are choices of Inside Value. Google is a Rule Breakers recommendation. The Fool's disclosure policy always gets a perfect score.


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