Based on the aggregated intelligence of 115,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, gold miner Yamana Gold (NYSE:AUY) has earned a respected four-star ranking. While five-star stocks have been the best performers, our data has shown that four-star stocks still outshine the market by a significant margin and shouldn't be taken lightly; conversely, low-rated stocks have woefully lagged the market average.

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

Yamana Gold facts

Headquarters (Founded)

Toronto, Canada (1980)

Market Cap

$7.25 billion

Industry

Gold

TTM Revenue

$1.11 billion

Management

CEO Peter Marrone (since 2003)

CFO Charles Main (since 2003)

TTM Return on Capital

7.3%

Competitors

Kinross Gold (NYSE:KGC),

AngloGold Ashanti (NYSE:AU)

CAPS members bullish on AUY also bullish on

Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold (NYSE:FCX),

Vale (NYSE:RIO)

CAPS members bearish on AUY also bearish on

Goldcorp (NYSE:GG),

Barrick Gold (NYSE:ABX)

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

Over on CAPS, 590 of the 602 All-Star members who have rated Yamana Gold -- or 98% -- believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500. These All-Star bulls include mnymaker and TimmyTheGeek, both of whom are ranked in the top 20% of our community.

Last week, mnymaker used simple (but effective) logic to make a case for the stock: "Everyone is putting their money in GOLD as a safe haven = higher gold prices = higher revenue for Yamana."

In a pitch from two days earlier, TimmyTheGeek follows that line of thinking, further stressing Yamana's downturn-defending characteristics:

I'm no economic genius but I think gold is a good investment while the dollar remains weak and the economy in general is in the tank, which I think will be the case for another year or two. AUY also pays a dividend similar to a money market [account] interest so why not unpark some of that spare cash now?

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Foolish contributor Brian Pacampara owns no position in any of the companies mentioned. The Fool's disclosure policy always gets a perfect score.