Based on the aggregated intelligence of 120,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, international miner Rio Tinto (NYSE:RTP) 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 Rio Tinto's business, and see what CAPS investors are saying about the stock right now.

Rio Tinto facts

Headquarters (founded)

London (1873)

Market Cap

$53.7 billion

Industry

Diversified Metals & Mining

TTM Revenue

$44.8 billion

Management

CEO Tom Albanese (since 2007)
CFO Guy Elliott (since 2002)

Return on Capital (average last three years)

21.5%

Dividend Yield

3.3%

Competitors

BHP Billiton (NYSE:BHP)
Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold (NYSE:FCX)

CAPS members bullish on RTP also bullish on

Vale (NYSE:RIO)
Transocean (NYSE:RIG)

CAPS members bearish on RTP also bearish on

Ford Motor (NYSE:F)
General Motors (NYSE:GM)

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

Over on CAPS, 94% of the 153 All-Star members who have rated Rio Tinto believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bulls include sberberick and britpick, both of whom are ranked in the top 10% of our community.

In late September, sberberick had this to say of Rio Tinto: "Well run company that is diversified in minerals and energy. This stock has been killed, at this price this stock is a winner."

A pitch from britpick last month shares that contrarian spirit, citing the proposed takeover by rival BHP Billiton as an attractive "option" embedded in Rio Tinto's stock price:

Will get a short term bump in price if the BHP bid goes ahead. If not, Rio Tinto still has a healthy pipeline of prospects and projects that will deliver longer term value to this global miner as China and India come back from the global recession that is likely to last through 2009.

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