Based on the aggregated intelligence of 135,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, chip maker Linear Technologies (NASDAQ:LLTC) has earned a respected four-star ranking.

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

Linear Tech facts

Headquarters (founded)

Milpitas, Calif. (1981)

Market Cap

$5.26 billion



TTM Revenue

$1.07 billion


CEO Lothar Maier (since 2005)

CFO Paul Coghlan (since 1986)

Return on Capital (average, last three years)


Dividend Yield



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

Over on CAPS, 649 of the 675 members who have rated Linear Tech -- or 96% -- believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bulls include FoolishDiver and All-Star reeshau.

Last month, FoolishDiver listed several of the stock's bullish qualities: "Excellent margins, aggressive cost cutting by management, increasing dividend, bottoming of economy and corresponding inventory reductions by customers leading to higher demand."

In a pitch from April, reeshau expands on that:

Although Linear suffers from cyclical business effects, its products are very different from the commodity-level flash memory chips. Analog chip makers are often bunched with the rest of the semiconductor industry, but they are a smaller, defensible niche. Linear has one of the best positions in this niche, with high [return on invested capital] and margins.

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Fool contributor Brian Pacampara owns no position in any of the companies mentioned. Linear Tech, Apple, and Amazon are Motley Fool Stock Advisor selections. Johnson & Johnson is an Income Investor pick. The Fool's disclosure policy always gets a perfect score.