Based on the aggregated intelligence of 130,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing (NYSE:TSM), the world's largest contract chip maker, has earned a coveted five-star ranking.  

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

Taiwan Semiconductor facts


Hsinchu, Taiwan (1987)

Market Cap

$43.73 Billion



Trailing-12-Month Revenue

$8.74 Billion


CEO Dr. Rick Tsai (Since 2005)

CFO Lora Ho (Since 2003)

Compound Annual Revenue Growth (Over Past Five Years)


Dividend Yield



United Microelectronics (NYSE:UMC)

Semiconductor Manufacturing International

CAPS Members Bullish on TSM Also Bullish on:

General Electric (NYSE:GE)


Johnson & Johnson (NYSE:JNJ)

CAPS Members Bearish on TSM Also Bearish on:

ExxonMobil (NYSE:XOM)

Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT)

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

On CAPS, 1,188 of the 1,222 members who have rated Taiwan Semiconductor -- or 97% -- believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bulls include twholman and akilahkt.

Last month, twholman listed several of Taiwan Semiconductor's strong points: "Lots of cash, stable R&D spending, very little debt, high net profit margins make this a strong stock to consider buying before the recession is over."

In a pitch from late last year, akilahkt highlighted Taiwan Semiconductor's long-term competitive edge:

Chip foundries require intense capitalization, a need that favors larger companies over smaller ones. This means [Taiwan Semiconductor's] size gives it an advantage over other non-US chip makers both in terms of scale advantages and technology investments. So if you are buying chip stocks, [Taiwan Semiconductor] is the choice … [Taiwan Semiconductor] makes the chips that go inside everything from toys to cell phones (and may get some of AMD's fabrication business too). It is reasonable to expect demand for [Taiwan Semiconductor’s]output will scale with the overall consumer manufacturing. Any turnaround in the economy will be seen first in companies like [Taiwan Semiconductor].

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