Based on the aggregated intelligence of 170,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, storage and networking chip specialist LSI (NYSE: LSI) has earned a respected four-star ranking.

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

LSI facts

Headquarters (Founded) Milpitas, Calif. (1980)
Market Cap $3.67 billion
Industry Semiconductors
Trailing-12-Month Revenue $2.54 billion
Management

CEO Abhijit Talwalkar (since 2005)

CFO Bryon Look (since 2000)

Return on Capital (Average, Past 3 Years) 0.3%
Cash/Debt $600.9 million / $0
Competitors

Texas Instruments (NYSE: TXN)

Marvell Technology (Nasdaq: MRVL)

EMC (NYSE: EMC)

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

On CAPS, 88.5% of the 461 members who have rated LSI believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bulls include danalexky and fellow Fool Anders Bylund (TMFZahrim), who is ranked in the top 3% of our community.

Just last month, danalexky touched on several of LSI's positives: "These guys are into fast storage; FAST and competent, have a good reputation, an excellent market, and it will only get better. P/E is high, but they still have a lot of room to grow as cloud computing takes off."

LSI's exposure to the highly attractive storage and networking end markets continue to support its four-star CAPS status. Although LSI isn't nearly as profitable as gorilla chip foes Texas Instruments, Marvell, and Broadcom (Nasdaq: BRCM), as well as entry-level storage giant EMC, many Fools believe the industry tailwinds are strong enough to make it, at the very least, a decent pick.

CAPS All-Star TMFZahrim sums up the sentiment:

LSI is tightly bound to the health of the networking and storage markets and I'm not convinced that the company can steal share from the competition in any meaningful way. However, you could certainly pick worse industries in which to be stuck and LSI should continue to track the returns of these substantial growth opportunities for the long haul.

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Fool contributor Brian Pacampara owns no position in any of the companies mentioned. The Fool owns shares of Marvell and Texas Instruments. Try any of our Foolish newsletter services free for 30 days.

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