Based on the aggregated intelligence of 180,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, mobile chip specialist Qualcomm (NAS: QCOM) has earned a coveted five-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.
San Diego (1985)
Chairman/CEO Dr. Paul Jacobs
CFO William Keitel
Return on Equity (Average, Past 3 Years)
$10.73 billion / $1.3 billion
Broadcom (NAS: BRCM)
Nokia (NYS: NOK)
Texas Instruments (NYS: TXN)
Sources: Capital IQ (a division of Standard & Poor's) and Motley Fool CAPS.
This past August, MatthewCHoffman wrote that Qualcomm "holds a place on increasing relevance as more and more computing goes mobile." Our CAPS member concludes: "The company's valuation is reasonable given its position and the dividend's even a nice kicker."
Qualcomm even boasts a robust three-year average operating margin of 33.3%. That's higher than that of competitors Broadcom (7.9%), Nokia (6.3%), and Texas Instruments (24.8%).
CAPS member bpr831 elaborates on the bull case:
I think Qualcomm is very safe, reliable stock and will maintain consistent growth for the foreseeable future. While I find the companies within the tech industry to be very hit of miss, I find the sector itself to maintain modest growth despite the tough times. In addition, Qualcomm continues to be the largest chipset developer for mobile phones, they're working with Microsoft on developing new state of the art chipsets, and they're the only developer for Windows smartphones and notebooks. I predict more significant gains end 2011/early 2012.
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