Based on the aggregated intelligence of 170,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, copper giant Southern Copper (NYSE: SCCO) has earned a respected four-star ranking.

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

Southern Copper facts

Headquarters (Founded) Phoenix (1952)
Market Cap $42.15 billion
Industry Copper
Trailing-12-Month Revenue $4.79 billion
Management

CEO Oscar Rocha (since 2004)

CFO Genaro Mercado (since 2008)

Return on Equity (Average, Past 3 Years) 31.8%
Cash/Debt $2.3 billion / $2.77 billion
Dividend Yield 3.4%
Competitors

Freeport-McMoRan (NYSE: FCX)

BHP Billiton (NYSE: BHP)

Vale (NYSE: VALE)


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

On CAPS, 96% of the 4,178 members who have rated Southern Copper believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bulls include SlowThought and All-Star DarthMaul09, who is ranked in the top 2% of our community.

Less than two months ago, SlowThought described Southern Copper in purely bullish terms: "International play, commodity play to fight the coming inflation. Plus, a nice dividend."

Southern Copper's low-cost mines and massive reserves continue to make it a highly rated play on the continued strength in copper prices. Over the next five years, Southern Copper is even expected to grow its bottom line at a much faster pace (31.6% per annum) than fellow North American copper giants Freeport (6.1%) and Teck Resources (NYSE: TCK) (4.4%), as well as global miners BHP (17.2%), Vale (20%), and Rio Tinto (NYSE: RIO) (8.3%).

CAPS All-Star DarthMaul09 elaborates on the bull case:

Copper's move appears to be related to both inflation and increasing demand. With new ETFs potentially buying part of the copper supply, this may further accelerate the price rise. With both [Freeport] and [Southern Copper] paying nice dividends, these stocks appear to be ideal for this environment.

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