Based on the aggregated intelligence of 125,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, Canadian fertilizer producer Agrium (NYSE:AGU) 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 woefully lag the market average.

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

Agrium facts

Headquarters (founded)

Calgary, Canada (1995)

Market Cap

$5.56 billion


Agricultural chemicals

TTM Revenue

$9.52 billion


CEO Michael Wilson (since 2003)
CFO Bruce Waterman (since 2000)

Return on Capital (average, last three years)



PotashCorp (NYSE:POT)
Terra Industries (NYSE:TRA)

CAPS members bullish on AGU also bullish on:

Mosaic (NYSE:MOS)
Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold (NYSE:FCX)

CAPS members bearish on AGU also bearish on:

CF Industries (NYSE:CF)
Research In Motion (NASDAQ:RIMM)

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

Over on CAPS, 268 of the 276 All-Star members who have rated Agrium -- or 97% -- believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bulls include Theresewin and TheHuney, both of whom are ranked in the top 10% of our community.

Last month, Theresewin wrote that "the world uses and needs these products and the company, and it is dramatically if you can be patient, as I believe you will be rewarded."

In a more extensive pitch from last week, TheHuney elaborates on that bullish recommendation. Here's a small excerpt, but don't forget to check out the entire analysis:

During the summer of '08, the potash producers were priced for perfection with [Agrium] eclipsing the $110 mark. In a few short months, we see a complete reversal and now potash companies are priced as if they will barely be profitable over the next decade. More than any other industry, I think agriculture is the place to be right now, as demand will continue to be strong even with worldwide recession.…

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