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After spending more than a year stuck at a three- and four-star rank in CAPS, enough top-performing members have turned bullish on Stillwater Mining (NYSE:SWC) recently to upgrade it to five stars. A total of 420 members have given their opinion on the company, with many offering analysis and commentary to explain their recent optimism.

Shares of Stillwater Mining, North American Palladium (NYSE:PAL), and PolyMet Mining (NYSE:PLM) are all working their way higher after plummeting in 2008. Although prices for precious group metals are currently lower than last year's, Stillwater has been able to benefit from restructuring its mining operations and focusing on cost containment. While Stillwater's average combined sales realization on mined palladium and platinum ounces decreased 28% year over year, it still managed to generate free cash flow over the past 12 months.

Stillwater will miss the fixed-price sales that it had received from its now-terminated General Motors contract. However, it expects to sell those metals elsewhere, and it still benefits from price-floor protection with its Ford (NYSE:F) contract. While predictions of long-term inflation drive some investors toward precious metal miners such as Yamana Gold (NYSE:AUY) and Silver Wheaton (NYSE:SLW), some CAPS members also see platinum as a hedge against inflation, in addition to its industrial uses. As Chinese jewelry demand fuels Fuqi International's (NASDAQ:FUQI) growth, Stillwater anticipates that demand for palladium will increase as well, since it is used in the growing jewelry industry in China.

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