4-Star Stocks Poised to Pop: NXP Semiconductors

Based on the aggregated intelligence of 180,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, Dutch chip maker NXP Semiconductors (NAS: NXPI) has earned a respected four-star ranking.

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

NXP facts

Headquarters (Founded)Eindhoven, Netherlands (2006)
Market Cap$4.61 billion
Trailing-12-Month Revenue$4.4 billion

CEO Richard Clemmer (since 2009)

CFO Karl-Henrik Sundstrom (since 2008)

Return on Equity (Average, Past 3 Years)(50.7%)
Cash/Debt$859 million / $4.71 billion

Analog Devices (NYS: ADI)

STMicroelectronics (NYS: STM)

Texas Instruments (NYS: TXN)

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

On CAPS, 98% of the 351 members who have rated NXP believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bulls include fellow Fool Anders Bylund (TMFZahrim), who is ranked in the top 20% of our community, and cafbchief.

Late last month, Anders tapped the stock as an ideal way to get exposed to Near Field Communication (NFC) technology: "I believe that NXP is a crucial player in the NFC hypergrowth story with the technical chutzpah to match, while VirnetX is a speculative gamble without substance. I just rated one as a long-term outperformer in our CAPS system, and the other got a big, red thumb pointing down."

Currently, NXP even sports a cheapish forward P/E of 8.5 . That represents a discount to rivals like Analog Devices (13.6), STMicro (10.7), and Texas Instruments (12.9).

CAPS member cafbchief elaborates on the NXP bull case:

People around the world are very much into their smartphones and tablets -- they're barely able to have the devices out of reach or turned off. NFC will make those devices the new wallet/purse, providing each individual with almost instantaneous electronic access to personal identification verification and payment authorization for commercial, private, and government transactions. NXPI's inroads into this technology place it at the cutting edge of a massive movement into totally electronic data and fund transfers. ... Getting in now will be like riding the same kind of wave Cisco made when it surged to some very high peaks. Looking forward to the ride.

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