Based on the aggregated intelligence of 125,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, disk drive maker Western Digital (NYSE:WDC) has earned a respected four-star ranking.

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

Western Digital facts 

Headquarters (founded)

Lake Forest, Calif. (1970)

Market Cap

$3.40 billion


Computer Storage and Peripherals

TTM Revenue

$8.03 billion


CEO John Coyne (since 2007)
CFO Timothy Leyden (since 2007)

Return on Equity (average last three years)



Seagate Technology (NASDAQ:STX),
Hitachi (NYSE:HIT)

CAPS members bullish on WDC also bullish on:

Cisco Systems (NASDAQ:CSCO),

CAPS members bearish on WDC also bearish on:

Advanced Micro Devices (NYSE:AMD),
Citigroup (NYSE:C)

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

Over on CAPS, 93% of the 214 All-Star members who have rated Western Digital believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bulls include DRMRJ and FoolSolo, both of whom are ranked in the top 20% of our community.

In December, DRMRJ wrote that Western Digital is a business "whose products, marketing, & financials are excellent. Even if PC and notebook sales are down, the need for storage is constantly increasing as people store more data and pictures."

In a pitch from two weeks ago, DRMRJ highlighted the company's staying power:

They have a pile of cash, they generate a lot of cash, they have minimal and easily serviceable debt. ... Fears of disk drives being replaced by solid-state drives is overblown, and [Western Digital] has been severely punished for it. [Western Digital] will still make millions of disk drives to be sold in computers under $300 in emerging countries, and will still have healthy sales in every growing storage hungry applications in use throughout the world. Solid state augments, not replaces disk drives.

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