Based on the aggregated intelligence of 135,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, coal producer Alliance Resource Partners, L.P. (NASDAQ:ARLP) has earned a coveted five-star ranking.

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

Alliance facts

Headquarters (founded)

Tulsa, Okla. (1971)

Market Cap

$1.22 billion

Industry

Coal and Consumable Fuels

Trailing-12-Month Revenue

$1.2 billion

Management

President/CEO Joseph Craft, III (since 1999)

CFO Brian Cantrell (since 2005)

Return on Capital (average, last three years)

23.2%

Dividend Yield

8.9%

Competitors

Peabody Energy (NYSE:BTU)

Arch Coal (NYSE:ACI)

CAPS Members Bullish on ARLP Also Bullish on

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Sources: Capital IQ (a division of Standard & Poor's), and Motley Fool CAPS.

Over on CAPS, 474 of the 489 members who have rated Alliance -- some 97% -- believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bulls include KyrieLoon and All-Star mm20001, who is ranked in the top 0.3% of our community.

Last month, KyrieLoon tapped Alliance as a rather bankable bet on black:

Say what we will about the environmental problems of coal use, the economic realities are that we will be generating power with coal for decades to come. [Alliance] has a long track record of profitability and a consistently increasing dividend ... – that's a tough act to better.

In a pitch from two weeks ago, mm20001 expands on the stock as a stable income opportunity:

[Alliance] is a [master limited partnership] that produces coal for utilities and industrial users in the US. The stock price hasn't really gone anywhere in the past 5 years, but the dividend has been steadily increased from $1.24 in 2004 to $2.92 for a 9% yield currently. Given the attractive yield, a forward P/E of 6 and manageable debt of $459M (vs. $211M in cash), [Alliance] is a worthy investment around $30.

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Fool contributor Brian Pacampara owns no position in any of the companies mentioned. Alliance and Johnson & Johnson are Motley Fool Income Investor picks. Starbucks is a selection of both Stock Advisor and Inside Value, and the Fool owns shares of it. The Fool's disclosure policy always gets a perfect score.