Based on the aggregated intelligence of 170,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, global mining giant Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold (NYSE: FCX) has earned a respected four-star ranking.

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

Freeport facts

Headquarters (founded) Phoenix (1987)
Market Cap $52.8 billion
Industry Diversified metals and mining
Management

CEO Richard Adkerson

CFO Kathleen Quirk

Return on Capital (average, past 3 years) 24.2%
Cash/Debt $3.74 billion / $4.76 billion
Dividend Yield 1.8%
Competitors

BHP Billiton (NYSE: BHP)

Newmont Mining (NYSE: NEM)

Southern Copper (NYSE: SCCO)

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

On CAPS, 96% of the 5,635 members who have rated Freeport believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bulls include gilboy7 and All-Star mrindependent, who is ranked in the top 2% of our community.

Just last month , gilboy7 tapped Freeport as a particularly attractive inflation-fighter:

Can you say Copper? How about Gold? ... At the rate that the fed is spending, dare I say printing, money, anything with tangible value is a must own.

Currently, Freeport even sports a cheapish forward P/E of 8.7. That represents a discount to mining competitors such as BHP (12.2), Newmont (12.0), and Southern Copper (10.6).

CAPS All-Star mrindependent elaborates on the opportunity:

[T]his company has the ability to expand production at a modest cost. Historical earnings results are excellent. The company is reasonably valued. ... I expect gold and copper prices to rise as the world economic recovery continues and world governments continue to encourage inflation by increasing money supplies at a rapid pace.

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