This has been a rough year for Intel (NASDAQ:INTC). The stock is currently at a 52-week low, and shareholders are worried this could be a sign of changes in consumer tastes or shifts in the technological landscape. In this video, analyst Andrew Tonner gives us three reasons why Intel is a buy today.

  1. The strength of Intel's semiconductor business: Intel is the largest semiconductor maker in the world, and it has dominated its core business in microprocessors and CPUs for the PC industry for years. AMD is essentially the only other competitor in this arena, and it's far behind. Intel's dominance allows it a certain amount of pricing power.
  2. International opportunities: Although PC sales have been shrinking in the U.S., Intel has a huge opportunity to expand sales in emerging markets. There are parts of the globe with growing demand for Intel's technology.
  3. The stock is cheap: Intel has been the second-worst-performing stock in the Dow this year. If you considered buying the stock year ago, you have the opportunity to purchase it now for 20% off! And don't forget: the stock pays a beefy dividend of over 4.5%.

Andrew Tonner owns shares of Apple. Austin Smith owns shares of Apple, Intel, and Google. The Motley Fool owns shares of Apple, Google, Intel, and Microsoft. Motley Fool newsletter services recommend Apple, Google, Intel, and Microsoft. Try any of our Foolish newsletter services free for 30 days. We Fools may not all hold the same opinions, but we all believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. The Motley Fool has a disclosure policy.