Based on the aggregated intelligence of 180,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, aluminum giant Alcoa (NYSE: AA ) has earned a respected four-star ranking.
With that in mind, let's take a closer look at Alcoa's business and see what CAPS investors are saying about the stock right now.
||New York (1888)
||Chairman/CEO Dr. Klaus-Christian Kleinfeld
CFO Charles McLane, Jr.
|Return on Equity (average, past 3 years)
||$1.7 billion / $9.5 billion
||Aluminum Corporation of China
Rio Tinto Alcan
Sources: S&P Capital IQ and Motley Fool CAPS.
On CAPS, 94% of the 3,655 members who have rated Alcoa believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward.
A few months ago, one of those Fools, All-Star buffalonate, touched on the tailwinds working in Alcoa's favor:
I believe this company is a great bargain right now. ... Light-weighting cars for better gas mileage will require much greater use of aluminum going forward. Also the aviation industry is growing rapidly worldwide which means aluminum will be in high demand to make the planes for a long time. Just look at Boeing's plane backlog and that should tell you that Alcoa's future is bright.
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