Based on the aggregated intelligence of 180,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, copper giant Southern Copper (NYSE:SCCO) has earned a respected four-star ranking.

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

Southern Copper facts

 

 

Headquarters (founded)

Phoenix, Ariz. (1952)

Market Cap

$34.0 billion

Industry

Diversified metals and mining

Trailing-12-Month Revenue

$6.7 billion

Management

CEO Oscar Rocha (since 2004)

CFO Genaro Mercado (since 2008)

Return on Equity (average, past 3 years)

47.7%

Cash/Debt

$2.6 billion/$4.2 billion

Dividend Yield

2.3%

Competitors

BHP Billiton (NYSE:BHP)

Freeport-McMoRan (NYSE:FCX)

Rio Tinto (NYSE:RIO)

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

On CAPS, 96% of the 4,317 members who have rated Southern Copper believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward.

Earlier this week, one of those Fools, niss799, succinctly summed up the Southern Copper bull case for our community:

Copper is one of the primary minerals needed when industrial construction is growing. As this recession starts to give way to a bull market and construction increases copper will once again climb. [Southern Copper] has a dividend of $0.96 with a yield of 2.30%, good revenue and cash on [hand]. Debt is higher than I would like but the investments in equipment, land and processing mandate this.

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