Based on the aggregated intelligence of 140,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, aluminum giant Alcoa (NYSE:AA) has earned a respected four-star ranking.

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

Alcoa facts

Headquarters (Founded)

Pittsburgh (1888)

Market Cap

$13.9 billion


Metals and mining

Trailing-12-Month Revenue

$18.7 billion


CEO Dr. Klaus Kleinfeld (since 2008)

CFO Charles McLane, Jr. (since 2007)

Return on Equity (Average, Past 3 Years)


Cash / Debt

$1.1 billion / $10.1 billion


Aluminum Corp. of China (NYSE:ACH)

Century Aluminum (NASDAQ:CENX)

CAPS Members Bullish on AA Also Bullish on


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Sources: Capital IQ (a division of Standard & Poor's) and Motley Fool CAPS.

On CAPS, 96.2% of the 948 All-Star members who have rated Alcoa believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward. These All-Star bulls include 00100 and CaptBS, both of whom are ranked in the top 10% of our community.

Just last week, 00100 singled out Alcoa as a classic case in contrarianism:

Negative cash flow. Low 5 year growth rate. Ok quick ratio and debt ratio. Idling production resources until demand recovers. They'll make it.

In an earlier pitch, CaptBS also sees a shiny future for the stock:

Once a $40 stock, this is an easy long-term recovery pick. Right now, aluminum demand is relatively low and inventories are generally overstocked, but if you take a look at the stimulus package, most of the actual construction/infrastructure work that it covers is due to start in 2010. With an increased emphasis on lighter-weight, environmentally friendly materials (especially in the transportation sector), aluminum demand should pick up significantly when these projects get the green light and as the broader economy recovers.

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