Based on the aggregated intelligence of 180,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, disk drive specialist Western Digital (NASDAQ:WDC) has earned a respected four-star ranking.

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

Western Digital facts

Headquarters (founded)

Irvine, Calif. (1970)

Market Cap

$8.3 billion

Industry

Computer storage and peripherals

Trailing-12-Month Revenue

$13.8 billion

Management

CEO John Coyne (since 2007)

CFO Wolfgang Nickl (since 2010)

Return on Equity (average, past 3 years)

24.2%

Cash/Debt

$3.5 billion / $2.1 billion

Dividend Yield

2.9%

Competitors

EMC (NYSE: EMC)

Seagate Technology (NASDAQ: STX)

Toshiba

Sources: S&P Capital IQ and Motley Fool CAPS.

On CAPS, 94% of the 1,378 members who have rated Western Digital believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward.

Just yesterday, one of those bulls, personaltrader, tapped Western Digital as a relatively solid selection:

The company has consistently made money and, although more expensive than Seagate on a P/E basis, has a strong buyback plan, more consistent earnings, a better, less leveraged financial position if further consolidation occurs and reports in a more investor friendly format.

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