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, Fool.com 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%.