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

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

Intel facts

Headquarters (founded) Santa Clara, Calif. (1968)
Market Cap $122.4 billion
Industry Semiconductors
Trailing-12-Month Revenue $46.2 billion

CEO Paul Otellini (since 2005)

CFO Stacy Smith (since 2007)

Return on Equity (average, past 3 years) 17.8%
Cash/Debt $12 billion / $2.3 billion
Dividend Yield 3.6%


Texas Instruments (NYSE: TXN)

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

On CAPS, 94% of the 8,762 members who have rated Intel believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bulls include SpartanMAC and All-Star Zaegs, who is ranked in the top 2% of our community.

Just last month, SpartanMAC highlighted the company's solid fundamentals:

Intel continues to pump out [free cash flow] and Owner Earnings at a healthy clip. Profit margin has increased, and gross margins have increased over the past 4 years. Earnings quality looks excellent. ... It's big, but it's good (and cheap)!

In fact, Intel currently sports a cheapish EV/EBITDA ratio of 5.3. That represents a discount to chip rivals AMD (6.5), NVIDIA (16.1), and Texas Instruments (6.7).

CAPS All-Star Zaegs elaborates on the bull case:

Intel has been a personal favorite of mine over the past few years, providing numerous opportunities to buy on dips. The dividend makes it easy to own. With "risk-free" interest rates near zero, it really is a simple investment.

Intel certainly took its lumps as the economy struggled. Their 25% growth rate in the current year-over-year comparisons is a good sign of business picking up. I'm even a fan of their McAfee acquisition. ...

I also can't leave out their awesome margins. ...

I like Intel's growth potential going forward. However, what makes this investment simple is the backing of the ... dividend. Even if Intel's growth doesn't soar higher, you'll be getting paid [more than 3%] and the protect the dividend and the low P/E provide.

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Fool contributor Brian Pacampara owns no position in any of the companies mentioned. Motley Fool newsletter services have recommended buying shares of Intel and NVIDIA, as well as creating a diagonal call position on Intel and writing puts on NVIDIA. The Fool owns shares of and has bought calls on Intel. Try any of our Foolish newsletter services free for 30 days.

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