4-Star Stocks Poised to Pop: Altera

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Based on the aggregated intelligence of 180,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, programmable logic chip specialist Altera (NAS: ALTR) has earned a respected four-star ranking.

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

Altera facts

Headquarters (Founded)San Jose, Calif. (1983)
Market Cap$12.2 billion
IndustrySemiconductors
Trailing-12-Month Revenue$2.16 billion
Management

Chairman/CEO John Daane

CFO Ronald Pasek

Return on Equity (Average, Past 3 Years)35.5%
Cash/Debt$3.24 billion / $500 million
Dividend Yield0.9%
Competitors

Broadcom (NAS: BRCM)

Intel (NAS: INTC)

Texas Instruments (NYS: TXN)

Sources: S&P Capital IQ and Motley Fool CAPS.

On CAPS, 92% of the 368 members who have rated Altera believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bulls include Etrexer and Gooman64.

This past summer, Etrexer listed several of Altera's positives: "Profitability, industry leadership, market growth, efficiency, and stability -- all these are positive signs coming from ALTR."

In fact, Altera boasts a robust three-year average operating margin of 36.4%. That's higher than that of larger competitors like Broadcom (7.9%), Intel (29.7%), and Texas Instruments (24.8%).

CAPS member Gooman64 offers some firsthand insight into Altera's technology:

Used the FPGA chips designed by Altera while I was in school. They were definitely a bit tricky to code, but boy were they amazing. Lots you can do with these things. In my case, wrote a wonderful blackjack program that outputted to VGA screen. These things if done right, can replace any type of logic chips. Great and fun products.

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At the time this article was published Fool contributor Brian Pacampara owns no position in any of the companies mentioned. The Fool owns shares of Intel and Texas Instruments. Motley Fool newsletter services have recommended buying shares of and creating a diagonal call position in Intel. Try any of our Foolish newsletter services free for 30 days.We Fools may not all hold the same opinions, but we all believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. The Fool's disclosure policy always gets a perfect score.

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