Intel Corp (NASDAQ:INTC)

CAPS Rating: 4 out of 5

Chip giant Intel develops advanced integrated digital technology platforms and components for the computing and communications industries.

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Member Avatar RobbiePix (< 20) Submitted: 9/10/2014 9:42:14 AM : Outperform Start Price: $34.87 INTC Score: -0.42

INTC is the leader in microchip production and has lead the market sine the 8080.

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Member Avatar Pluto7 (46.96) Submitted: 9/6/2014 8:54:31 AM : Outperform Start Price: $34.96 INTC Score: +0.13

still good positioned in todays markets

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Member Avatar tomfoolme (< 20) Submitted: 8/12/2014 12:21:30 AM : Outperform Start Price: $32.91 INTC Score: +2.59

INTEL
Yield %   2.80 / 45%
Total Debt / Equity   0.22
Price Earnings   16.20
Price/Sales   2.99
Price/Book   2.72
Price/Cash Flow   8.70

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Member Avatar notyouagain (57.30) Submitted: 7/26/2014 4:42:02 AM : Outperform Start Price: $34.45 INTC Score: +0.39

It seems like decades since the little phrase 'Intel Inside' seemingly became ubiquitous. For a long time nearly every computer seemed to bear the Intel logo. I know the tablet I'm writing this pitch on (an ASUStek T100) has an intel chip in it.

Intel is a name familiar to everyone, even a non tech-savvy old fart like me. For a detailed look at the many new avenues Intel is pursuing opportunities for growth in, Fool writer Mukesh Baghel's recent article, 'Why Intel's Turnaround Is Set To Continue' from 7/24/14 is excellent.

I will not plagiarize his excellent article here.

I'm not here to copy someone else's work. I can highly recommend it, then explore why I think Intel is a financial powerhouse based on my own analysis of the numbers. I believe companies become financial fortresses in the first place by creating and maintaining a competitive advantage. That must be overwhelmingly difficult in the tech world, but Intel has so far succeeded well enough to have numbers like these....

First, Intel has a PE of 18.33 and a forward PE of 15.02, which indicates analysts' opinion that earnings will continue to pick up.

Earnings/share shown at Yahoo!Finance are listed at $1.87, with Earnings for the year ending this December are forecast to be $2.17.

Intel has 10 consecutive years of dividend growth under its belt, and Motley Fool's 'Ratios' page lists a 5-year dividend growth rate of 11.33%.

Dividend growth has slowed in recent years, as PC sales struggled, probably depressing earnings. But as Mukesh Baghel's article points out, they are once again growing earnings and finding new markets. Not to mention some of the old ones might make a bit of a comeback with the discontinued support of WindowsXP.

Annual dividends in 2009 were....$0.56
................................2010 were.....$0.63
................................2011 were.....$0.7824
................................2012 were......$0.87
................................2013 were......$0.90

The quarterly payout in December MUST be increased or their dividend-raising streak is over. But they did continue to increase their annual dividends during their struggles in recent couple years.

So just how bad did their hard times hurt them? Perhaps their troubles were blown slightly out of proportion. Let the numbers speak for themselves.....

Interest coverage is 62.7....yep. They earn $62.70 for every dollar they pay in interest expense.

Their total debt as of the most recent quarter is $13.19B.

But their total cash is $17.31B.

Their current ratio is 2.37.

They have no trouble paying their bills.

Gross margin: In the trailing twelve months, their revenue was $53.91B and their gross profit on that revenue was $31.52B.

$31.52B / $53.91B = 58.4%.

They're not headed for the poorhouse when they turn every $100 worth of revenue into $58.40 in profit and 'things are lookin' up'.

Return on equity is 18.22%, which is probably pretty good for a company in a hotly competitive industry with hardly any financial leverage.

Their dividend payout ratio is 48%, and with earnings expected to grow in so many new markets, that payout ratio should decline.

Intel closed today at $34.25, a little lower than my beginning start price of $34.68.

Dividend yield is about 3%. With financial strength like theirs, I doubt they'll sacrifice their dividend growth streak. They'll boost that dividend in December.

The last dividend increase was a hair over 7%.

Based on Mukesh's article and Intel's financial prowess, I think they'll continue to assert their dominance and continue growing their dividend until they land on the dividend aristocrat list.

I bet they'll try.

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Member Avatar LLukman (60.29) Submitted: 7/23/2014 12:41:57 AM : Outperform Start Price: $34.45 INTC Score: +0.39

strong performer, above it's competitors.

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Member Avatar omomat (< 20) Submitted: 7/19/2014 9:43:40 PM : Outperform Start Price: $33.33 INTC Score: +3.09

Shortsqueeze through buyback!

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Member Avatar yooperking (61.74) Submitted: 7/18/2014 8:54:29 AM : Outperform Start Price: $33.58 INTC Score: +1.93

Cody Willard says this is headed to $40/sh. and I agree.

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Member Avatar Bkenwell (< 20) Submitted: 7/16/2014 3:13:44 PM : Underperform Start Price: $34.29 INTC Score: -0.58

I think relative to its earnings growth, that the rise in share price is too much, too fast.

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Member Avatar cheesestring (< 20) Submitted: 6/24/2014 4:53:22 PM : Outperform Start Price: $30.28 INTC Score: +12.16

Dinosaurs can evolve or die out, Intel was slow to change but is moving that way. It doesn't hurt to have their still solid backbone of corporate PCs, either.

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Member Avatar jdbow (53.98) Submitted: 5/30/2014 3:55:40 PM : Outperform Start Price: $27.08 INTC Score: +24.90

This is a value company that pays a good dividend, a good stock to own but not a good bet to beat the S&P500.
BUT I,m taking a flyer on it's new focus, it could fizzle, but it might be the next big thing.
The new focus is on cloud based hardware, chips that would interface routers, end devices, laptops, wifi devices &
most anything else to cloud based services. The twist is that they have been doing some heavy duty R&D on building security into the interface at a hardware level. Their vision is to block things like the 'Target hack'.
Between the devices they would sell and the patents on the technology there might be something to it.

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Member Avatar dtgusa (62.09) Submitted: 5/24/2014 12:53:15 PM : Underperform Start Price: $26.16 INTC Score: -28.61

This is a WAG.

Why a company I like and have been adding to my position in is picked to under perform the S&P 500 is simple, it is huge and, while late to the hand held market segment is aggressively going after market share; it will get bigger. It chugs along staying pretty much in it's range while paying a 3.42% dividend.

Why I may be wrong

If you follow computer enthusiast sites, perhaps are an enthusiast too, you may have noticed INTC has been shifting their focus and is going after the hand held device market. It is also expanding it's dominance in the desktop / server markets with several new chips being released out of cycle. In addition to their CPU product lines they make a lot of chips that go into or onto motherboards. As an example, this system is an 1156 based socket with the mother board chip sets several generations out of date. The one I just built (last month) is an 1150 socket with mother board chip sets that will be outdated by the end of the year. Generically, a desk top system has a five year life cycle. Beyond that it gets a bit tricky to significantly upgrade performance while applications keep requiring more resources.

It has two primary competitors. For the desk top market AMD is not doing so well and may be relegated to a niche. INTC's new chips use less power and bring more computing power to the user. Their workstation and server chips provide significant computing power but remain energy hogs. A trade off I'm willing to take to get multi-core hyper threading computing horse power to crunch data and numbers.

An example of their move to the hand held market is their Atom chip. For whatever reason they redesigned it using their new architecture but for some reason kept the name. A name that is not synonymous with high end computer chips.

Summary
I do not expect to garner significant capital gains from my position in INTC. I'll just let reinvestment of dividends and selling puts to increase my position do the heavy lifting. Yes, I wrote I am using puts to buy stock at a price I like and get paid to do it. Beats sniping with limit orders.

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Member Avatar OKwarrior (34.24) Submitted: 5/10/2014 3:48:44 PM : Outperform Start Price: $26.24 INTC Score: +26.93

Intel is a value stock. There is a lot of competition out there, but they are still the biggest and they are not sitting still. They have not kept up with the broad market for the last couple of years, but revenue & EPS are growing. Dividend yield = 3.3%. Better times ahed.

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Member Avatar afewgoodstocks14 (< 20) Submitted: 5/6/2014 1:22:57 PM : Outperform Start Price: $23.98 INTC Score: +34.37

Div. (Yield) $0.90 (3.4%)
Current Yield . . . . . . . 3.7%

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Member Avatar dpelleratgmail (34.33) Submitted: 4/6/2014 2:20:54 PM : Outperform Start Price: $25.90 INTC Score: +27.01

Intel is undervalued ahead of one of the largest catalysts it has experienced in years.

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Member Avatar Gervais001 (61.84) Submitted: 3/12/2014 10:14:21 PM : Outperform Start Price: $24.34 INTC Score: +36.15

Intel is gearing up for the future and staking out an early claim in the tiny microscopic robotics sector. They will be in everything from cars to toasters. Steady growth, great dividends, and a wide economic moat.. what's not to love.

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Member Avatar Volke (70.17) Submitted: 3/8/2014 12:40:41 PM : Underperform Start Price: $24.24 INTC Score: -37.44

has been

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Member Avatar 2win (< 20) Submitted: 2/20/2014 7:31:37 PM : Outperform Start Price: $24.57 INTC Score: +33.48

Value play. Mkt making new highs. INTC passes 2 Graham screens, many criteria. http://seekingalpha.com/article/2030331-moderngraham-quarterly-valuation-of-intel-corp

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Member Avatar rocker20 (< 20) Submitted: 2/11/2014 10:10:40 AM : Underperform Start Price: $24.05 INTC Score: -34.22

Unable to compete in mobile, but still spend a lot of capex on it

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Member Avatar EGundlach (< 20) Submitted: 2/9/2014 4:04:11 PM : Outperform Start Price: $23.75 INTC Score: +35.53

3 words... I.o.T

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Member Avatar afewgoodstocks11 (24.63) Submitted: 2/6/2014 1:32:03 PM : Outperform Start Price: $20.12 INTC Score: +33.22

Div. (Yield) $0.90 (3.8%)
Current Yield . . . . . 4.40%

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