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 and see what CAPS investors are saying about the stock right now.

Alcoa facts

  

Headquarters (founded)

New York, N.Y. (1888)

Market Cap

$8.6 billion

Industry

Aluminum

Trailing-12-Month Revenue

$23.5 billion

Management

Chairman/CEO Dr. Klaus-Christian Kleinfeld

CFO Charles McLane Jr.

Return on Equity (average, past 3 years)

3.3%

Cash/Debt

$1.6 billion/$8.9 billion

Dividend Yield

1.5%

Competitors

Aluminum Corp. of China

Rio Tinto

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

On CAPS, 93% of the 3,673 members who have rated Alcoa believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward.

Just yesterday, one of those Fools, kahunacfa, succinctly summed up the Alcoa bull case for our community:

This economically sensitive and highly cyclical company has been languishing in the current stock market. As the US economy continues to slowly recover from the deepest recession since the nineteen-thirties, some of the excess aluminum production capacity is slowly being absorbed by the slow growing world economies. Given the prospects for growing world economies from 2013 through 2015 or even 2016 Alcoa's earnings prospects continue to improve through-out this period over the next three to perhaps as long as five years.

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