No matter what's going on in the market or a specific company's history, there are always reasons to consider buying shares in a business. After all, some of the best opportunities in stocks are born from historically bloody times.

Motley Fool CAPS hosts a boatload of opinions from more than 125,000 members on nearly 5,400 stocks, giving good reasons to own -- or sell -- a stock.

In the case of major gold miner Goldcorp (NYSE:GG), a total of 1,897 members have given a bullish or bearish opinion on the company. After scouring the detailed information packed in pitches and other comments on the company, here are three of the top reasons to buy Goldcorp today.

Financial flexibility. Goldcorp sold off its stake in Silver Wheaton (NYSE:SLW) last year in order to wipe the long-term debt from its balance sheet and give it more flexibility to fund new projects. It sits on more than $400 million in cash and equivalents, and has an undrawn $1.5 billion credit facility, giving it plenty of opportunity to go after reserves.

Momentum. Although the company released lowered guidance recently, it finished 2008 with a record fourth-quarter gold production of 692,000 ounces. It has several core properties under development, including Pensaquito and Pueblo Viejo, a joint venture with Barrick Gold (NYSE:ABX). All the opportunity ahead gives the company enough confidence to predict 50% production growth through 2013.

Rising gold prices. Falling gold prices in 2008 caused huge drops in shares of companies like Goldcorp, Yamana Gold (NYSE:AUY), and Kinross Gold (NYSE:KGC). But those same gold stocks, as well as others like Agnico-Eagle Mines (NYSE:AEM) and Newmont Mining (NYSE:NEM), have been on the rise after October lows. As the recession unfolds and government printing presses continue unabated, many expect gold to be a solid investment in 2009 and beyond.                        

Of course, there's a lot more devil in the details of these buy-side opinions, which is why CAPS is such a great resource to check and balance your own analysis. You can read the bullish and bearish sides to every stock. To see what the very best CAPS members are saying now about Goldcorp, just click on over to Motley Fool CAPS and have a look -- it's all free, and your opinion's welcome, too.

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Fool contributor Dave Mock remembers panning for gold as a kid -- it was always so much easier when they stocked the sand. He owns no shares of companies mentioned here. The Fool's disclosure policy holds an unblemished Canasta record.