Based on the aggregated intelligence of 145,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, copper replacement products maker Lihua International (NASDAQ:LIWA) has earned a respected four-star ranking.

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

Lihua facts


British Virgin Islands

Market Cap

$245.3 million


Electrical components and equipment

Trailing-12-Month Revenue

$121.2 million


CEO Jianhua Zhu (since 2007)
CFO Yang Yu (since 2008)

Trailing-12-Month Return on Equity



$38.5 million / $4.4 million

Highly Rated Copper Companies

Freeport-McMoRan (NYSE:FCX)
Southern Copper (NYSE:PCU)

CAPS Members Bullish on LIWA Also Bullish on

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CAPS Members Bearish on LIWA Also Bearish on

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

On CAPS, 95% of the 117 members who have rated Lihua believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bulls include WiZlonex and coldnose.

Just last month, WiZlonex tapped Lihua as a particularly shiny low-cost copper alternative: "A substitute for pure copper is attractive to any industry that is copper-intensive. So this is a good product with unending demand in a power-hungry growth market. … The management team has the right experience. Looks attractive to me."

In a pitch from one week later, coldnose enthusiastically applauded the company's most recent quarter. Here's just an excerpt of that long pitch:

[Lihua], a leading Chinese developer, designer, manufacturer, marketer and distributor of low cost alternatives to pure copper superfine and magnet wire, announced Q3 financial results with two important reasons to pay attention to this company.

-- First, the company’s report of a Q3 loss of $.08/share, masked what would otherwise have been earnings of $.39/share. The company included an $8 million (or $.27/share) non-cash charge in connection with the issuance of warrants in connection with the October 2008 issuance of convertible preferred stock.
-- Second, the company reported having “appointed Deloitte & Touche LLP as a Sarbanes-Oxley 404 consultant to further align best practice corporate governance policies.”

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