Based on the aggregated intelligence of 170,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, analog chip maker Analog Devices (NYSE: ADI) has earned a respected four-star ranking.

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

Analog Devices facts

Headquarters (Founded) Norwood, Mass. (1965)
Market Cap $12.32 billion
Industry Semiconductors
Trailing-12-Month Revenue $2.89 billion

CEO Jerald Fishman (since 1996)

CFO David Zinsner (since 2009)

Return on Equity (Average, Past 3 Years) 19.2%
Cash/Debt $2.96 billion / $537.55 million
Dividend Yield 2.1%

NXP Semiconductors (Nasdaq: NXPI)

STMicroelectronics (NYSE: STM)

Texas Instruments (NYSE: TXN)

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

On CAPS, 92% of the 357 members who have rated Analog Devices believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bulls include Nictrolis and DUBLE.  

Late last year, Nictrolis tapped Analog Devices as a potent long-term opportunity: "Great products and a great future in their MEMS department, these guys seem to invest properly in their own future. I'll be sticking with them for a while."

Analog Devices even boasts a rather robust three-year average operating margin of 26%. That's higher than that of competitors STMicro at 0.6% and Texas Instruments at 24.7%, not to mention NXP's negative average margin, -6.9%.

CAPS member DUBLE expands on the outperform case:

[Analog Devices'] products benefit from teh trends toward digitization of the economy-smart meters, smartphones, etc. ... So strong mega trends are supporting this stock. They are the global leader in converter technology and their customers are asking them to venture into providing more devices that are complementary to their converters. ... Power management is also a key area that analog chips can provide -- and reducing power consumption is a top objective in every corner of the world these days. ... barriers to entry are higher than other segments of the semiconductor space, and capital expenditures are also less needy given analog manufacturing does not require the most advanced equipment like microprocessors do.

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