Based on the aggregated intelligence of 115,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, miner Southern Copper (NYSE:PCU) has earned a coveted five-star ranking. Our data has shown that five-star stocks outperform the market by a significant margin; conversely, one-star stocks have woefully lagged the market average.

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

Southern Copper facts

Headquarters (Founded)

Phoenix, Arizona (1952); subsidiary of Americas Mining

Market Cap

$18.25 billion


Diversified Metals and Mining

TTM Revenue

$5.86 billion


CEO & President Oscar Gonzalez Rocha (2004 & 1999, respectively)
CFO Genaro Guerrero Diaz Mercado (2008)

Return on Capital (average last three years)



Rio Tinto (NYSE:RTP)
BHP Billiton (NYSE:BHP)

CAPS members bullish on PCU also bullish on

Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold (NYSE:FCX)
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CAPS members bearish on PCU also bearish on

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Sources: Capital IQ, a division of Standard & Poor's, and Motley Fool CAPS. TTM = trailing 12 months.

Over on CAPS, fully 792 of the 820 All-Star members who have rated Southern Copper -- some 97% -- believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward. These All-Star bulls include SH2F088 and Velobici, both of whom are ranked in the top 15% of our community.

Last week, SH2F088 wrote that copper's "long term price will be buoyed by demand from the industrializing economies and the emerging global middle class. ... [Southern Copper] is run well, pays their earnings out in dividends and has been growing their [copper] production."

An earlier pitch from Velobici last month shares that bullish sentiment, elaborating on the stock's international tailwinds:

Southern Copper produces a significant portion of the world's supply [of copper]. Over the last year, rising prices of copper have helped the company but rising fuel prices have hurt. Mining and smelting ore into copper is energy intensive. ... While high energy prices may be the new status quo, the rest of these problems are inherently temporary. But the demand for copper will continue to remain high for some of the same reasons that the demand for energy will remain high...the continued industrialization of China and India.

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