Based on the aggregated intelligence of 170,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, mobile chip specialist Qualcomm (Nasdaq: QCOM) has earned a respected four-star ranking.

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

Qualcomm facts

Headquarters (Founded) San Diego (1985)
Market Cap $88.8 billion
Industry Communications equipment
Trailing-12-Month Revenue $11.67 billion

Chairman/CEO Dr. Paul Jacobs

CFO William Keitel

Return on Equity (Average, Past 3 Years) 14.6%
Cash/Debt $10.51 billion / $1.31 billion
Dividend Yield 1.4%

Broadcom (Nasdaq: BRCM)

Nokia (NYSE: NOK)

Texas Instruments (NYSE: TXN)

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

On CAPS, 94% of the 2,158 members who have rated Qualcomm believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bulls include tbittker and IvorSicula.

Late last year, tbittker noted that Qualcomm's "chips are essential for virtually all mobile Internet devices (both tabs and phones)." Our CAPS member continues: "Dividend is growing along with revenue and profits. My No. 1 tech pick on a reward/risk basis."

Qualcomm even boasts a robust three-year average operating margin of 32%. That's higher than that of competitors Broadcom (7.6%), Nokia (8.7%), and Texas Instruments (24.7%).

CAPS member IvorSicula lists several of the tailwinds working in Qualcomm's favor:

CDMA licensing still going strong, SnapDragon becoming more pervasive in the mobile space with a well defined roadmap moving forward, buyout of Atheros is a good move and complimentary to their current businesses, [Microsoft/Nokia] tie-in means Windows phones at Nokia, who let's not forget still have the largest market share ... Apple putting out the CDMA iPhone on [Verizon] etc. all means that life looks rosy for Qualcomm for the foreseeable future.

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