Based on the aggregated intelligence of 120,000-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. 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 and shouldn't be taken lightly; conversely, low-rated stocks have woefully lagged the market average.

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, California (1968)

Market Cap

$73.9 billion



TTM Revenue

$40.1 billion


CEO Paul Otellini (since 2005)

CFO Stacy Smith (since 2007)

Return on Equity (average last three years)


Dividend Yield



Advanced Micro Devices (NYSE:AMD),

Texas Instruments (NYSE:TXN)

CAPS members bullish on INTC also bullish on


Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT)

CAPS members bearish on INTC also bearish on



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

Over on CAPS, fully 1,183 of the 1,319 All-Star members who have rated Intel -- some 90% -- believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward. These Fools include DemonDoug and skymutt2, both of whom are ranked in the top 20% of our community.

Last month, DemonDoug listed several of the stock's bullish points: "12B in cash, 2B in debt, as others have noted they have a virtual monopoly again as AMD has basically left the higher end markets, and the Core i7 series of chips that became available yesterday appears to be a real winner."

In a more recent pitch from two days ago, skymutt2 agrees, elaborating on Intel's financial strength:

Buy chip stocks low, sell em high-- but avoid the ones who burn cash and have a lot of debt, because raising capital is no joke anymore. Intel's a good safe play here, with a rock-solid balance sheet and with still-enviable margins. Seems a good debt to be trading well back in the 20s once this recession ends.

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