Based on the aggregated intelligence of 110,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, wireless telecom giant Qualcomm (NASDAQ:QCOM) has earned a respected four-star ranking. While five-star stocks have been the best performers, our data has shown that four-star stocks still outshine the market by a significant margin; conversely, low-rated stocks have woefully lagged the market average.

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

Qualcomm facts

Headquarters (Founded) San Diego, California (1985)

Market Cap

$86.76 billion


Communications Equipment

TTM Revenue

$10.11 billion


CEO Dr. Paul Jacobs (since 2005)
CFO William Keitel (since 2002)

Return on Equity (avg. last three years)


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Sources: Capital IQ, a division of Standard & Poor's, and Motley Fool CAPS. TTM = trailing 12 months.

Over on CAPS, fully 322 of the 349 All-Star members who have rated Qualcomm -- some 92% -- believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward. These All-Star bulls include BellyInvestments and sattebaaj, both of whom are ranked in the top 10% of our community.

In October 2006, BellyInvestments reminded our community that Qualcomm has a "Virtual monopoly due to IP (Intellectual Property) on 3G technology, which should finally take off in the next few years and which should earn significant amounts of money for [Qualcomm]."

Around the same time, sattebaaj echoed that bullish sentiment, elaborating on Qualcomm's strong competitive advantages:

[Qualcomm] holds key patents in all the upcoming and future wireless technologies. Even if we assume that it will not enjoy the exclusive position it did with the 1G/2G CDMA (code division multiple technologies), it is impossible for other major telecom players to exclude [Qualcomm] from future wireless technologies because of the patents. [Qualcomm] is set to benefit from the communication revolution of the future.

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