4-Star Stocks Poised to Pop: Qualcomm

Brian D. Pacampara, The Motley Fool

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 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

$102.1 billion

Industry

Communications equipment

Trailing-12-Month Revenue

$16.3 billion

Management

Chairman/CEO Dr. Paul Jacobs
CFO William Keitel

Return on Equity (Average, Past 3 Years)

15.7%

Cash/Debt

$11.5 billion / $928.0 million

Dividend Yield

1.5%

Competitors

Broadcom
Nokia
Texas Instruments

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

On CAPS, 94% of the 2,366 members who have rated Qualcomm believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward.

Late last year, one of those bulls, Speachless, tapped Qualcomm as a particularly smart selection:

Global leader in handset chips. For those of use who are not high tech, that means the brains of smart phones. My phone is definitely smarter than I am. Spells better too! As more and more of us use more and more smart phones or other like mobile devices, this company will continue to grow.

Also, [little debt], lots of cash and a dividend that is almost 10X higher than it was 8 years ago. Hope to hold on to this one as tight as my 20 something kids hold their phones.

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At the time thisarticle was published Fool contributor Brian Pacampara owns no position in any of the companies mentioned. The Fool owns shares of Qualcomm and Texas Instruments. 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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