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

Mosaic facts 

Headquarters (founded)

Plymouth, Minn. (2004)

Market Cap

$15.06 billion


Fertilizers and Agricultural Chemicals

TTM Revenue

$12.13 billion


CEO James Prokopanko (since 2007)

CFO Lawrence Stranghoener (since 2004)

Return on Capital (average last three years)



PotashCorp (NYSE:POT)

Agrium (NYSE:AGU)

CAPS members bullish on MOS also bullish on


Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold (NYSE:FCX)

CAPS members bearish on MOS also bearish on

First Solar (NASDAQ:FSLR),

CF Industries (NYSE:CF)

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

Over on CAPS, some 89%  of the 267 All-Star members who have rated Mosaic believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bulls include my Foolish colleague Rich Smith (aka TMFDitty) and shop1, both of whom are ranked in the top 3% of our community.

Last month, Rich noted Mosaic's cheapish valuation (which has remained relatively unchanged):

Free cash flow comes to $2.2B. Growth rate is projected to average 9% over the next five years. Basically, the market has overshot to the downside.

In a pitch from just two days ago, shop1 shares that bullish attitude, writing:

Mosaic's … a prime example of a solid stock punished by the mass market sell-off. Trading at $31.13 today, it is well off its 52 week high of $163.25. As long as people eat, there will be a need for fertilizer and animal feed nutrients. Given that the company has future of forseeable demand and given its strong fundamentals, Mosaic is due for a rebound.

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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.