Here's How to Play Intel Stock Now

The PC market meltdown over the past year hasn't been kind to holders of Intel stock, which is down more than 8% since last summer versus a better than 20% gain for the S&P 500.

You know what, though? It could be worse. Intel shares are up more than seven percentage points on the S&P year to date thanks long-overdue gains in the market for mobile chips. The latest example: Samsung, which recently signed on to use Intel's Haswell chipset in future versions of its Galaxy Tab.

But investing is also a game best played in context. How does Intel stock compare to peers Advanced Micro Devices and Texas Instruments ? Here's what the numbers say:

Key Statistics
Intel
AMD
Texas Instruments

Current share price

$25.47

$4.09

$36.12

Shares outstanding

4.97 billion

714.5 million

1.11 billion

Market cap

$126.6 billion

$2.9 billion

$40.1 billion

Trailing P/E ratio

12.73

Not available

22.37

PEG ratio

1.21

(1.37)

2.71

Gross margin

60.3%

33.7%

49.3%

Cash from operations

$20.19 billion

($600 million)

$3.33 billion


Sources: S&P Capital IQ and Yahoo! Finance.

And here's what Fools say, going by the data available in our CAPS investor intelligence database:

CAPS Category
Intel
AMD
Texas Instruments

CAPS stars (out of 5)

*****

**

***

Number of CAPS ratings

10,059

3,800

1,659

Bullish CAPS ratings

9,437

3,127

1,530

Bearish CAPS ratings

622

673

129

Bull ratio

93.8%

82.3%

92.2%

Source: Motley Fool CAPS.

Intel gets Fools' highest rating, and for good reason, writes CAPS All-Star chitownjester:

These guys aren't dumb. [They] [w]ill figure out new business models to offset declining PC sales and further take advantage of [the] mobile revolution. Ultrabook gambit failed but too much horsepower and resources -- they will recover. One key driver will be cloud/server. And when the #1 PC (Mac!) runs on your kit, you're doing something right.

Verdict: Intel stock is a buy
Intel has has run dry in the mobile market for so long that it sometimes seems it'll never catch up to all the various ARM Holdings licensees. And yet, looking at Intel's margin and cash flow advantages, I have to believe Haswell's success was inevitable, and that more successes are likely on the way. I'm picking Intel to beat the market over the next year in my CAPS portfolio as a result.

Where do you stand? Let us know what you think of Haswell's prospects versus competitors, and whether you'd buy, sell, or short Intel stock at current prices, using the comments box below.

Don't count your chips just yet
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The article Here's How to Play Intel Stock Now originally appeared on Fool.com.

Fool contributor Tim Beyers is a member of the  Motley Fool Rule Breakers stock-picking team and the Motley Fool Supernova Odyssey I mission. He didn't own shares of any of the companies mentioned in this article at the time of publication. Check out Tim's web home and portfolio holdings or connect with him on Google+Tumblr, or Twitter, where he goes by @milehighfool. You can also get his insights delivered directly to your RSS reader.The Motley Fool recommends Intel. The Motley Fool owns shares of 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 Motley Fool has a disclosure policy.

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