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Piotroski’s Best and Worst Large Cap Stocks

By Joel Stonington - 2011-12-06T01:37:02Z

Photograph by Tomohiro Ohsumi/Bloomberg

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Piotroski's Best: Intel

Business: Manufactures semiconductors

Piotroski Score: 9

Noteworthy is that Intel's (INTC) return on assets rose from 8.44 percent in 2009 to 19.72 percent in 2010, while gross margins soared from 55.6 percent to 65.3 percent over the same period.

Outlook on the Company:

Bull Case: Demand for server chips has been stronger than expected and the company recently boosted its stock buyback program by $10 billion, according to Wasatch Advisors.

Bear Case: Intel could face some pressure in demand during its first quarter because customers hold high inventories of its products, according to Canaccord Genuity.