Intel (INTC) is the largest semiconductor company in the world. With its "Intel Inside" sticker on nearly every PC, the company has made itself a household name. Its products also include flash memory, motherboards, connectivity products, and network storage products. So far, the stock has gone from a high of $28 to a low of $20. This is a decline of 28.6% in less than a year. At $20, I believe downside is limited and the stock is ready to bounce.
There are many reasons to own Intel, but here are some of the most important:
- The company owns over 1400 patents within its portfolio
- At 95% market share the company is clearly the leader within its industry
- The balance sheet looks great with 3 billion in net cash (3%)
- The stock trades cheap at a price to earnings ratio of 9
- At 4.5% its dividend is larger than most utility companies
- Its payout ratio is only 37% for a dividend so large
- Not many companies have the capital to compete its product portfolio
- Its shares outstanding has been decreasing every year for the past 5 years
My options play is to buy 1 March $20 call for .96 and sell 2 March 2013 18 puts for .47 each. The total net is .03. By making this spread you will receive immediate upside on the stock which is currently trading at $19.89 while only getting long at 18.