Based on the aggregated intelligence of 180,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, coal producer Peabody Energy (NYSE:BTU) has earned a respected four-star ranking.

With that in mind, let's take a closer look at Peabody and see what CAPS investors are saying about the stock right now.

Peabody facts

Headquarters (founded)

St. Louis (1883)

Market Cap

$7 billion

Industry

Coal and consumable fuels

Trailing-12-Month Revenue

$8.4 billion

Management

Chairman/CEO Gregory Boyce
Vice President/CFO Michael Crews

Return on Equity (average, past 3 years)

17%

Cash/Debt

$648 million / $6.4 billion

Dividend yield

1.3%

Competitors

Arch Coal (NYSE:ACI)BHP Billiton (NYSE:BHP)CONSOL Energy (NYSE:CNX)

Sources: S&P Capital IQ and Motley Fool CAPS.

On CAPS, 96% of the 2,097 members who have rated Peabody believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward.

On Tuesday, one of those bulls, adamlevy, succinctly summed up the outperform case for our community:

An export deal with [Kinder Morgan Energy Partners (NYSE:KMP)] will help the company capitalize on the growing global demand for coal as natural gas prices in Europe stay higher than coal prices. Its operations in Australia will help it capitalize on the quickly growing Asian markets. Subsidies from the Obama administration will help alleviate costs associated with EPA guidelines.

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