Based on the aggregated intelligence of 170,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, global mining giant Rio Tinto
With that in mind, let's take a closer look at Rio Tinto's business and see what CAPS investors are saying about the stock right now.
Rio Tinto facts
|Headquarters (Founded)||London (1873)|
|Market Cap||$132.9 billion|
|Industry||Diversified metals and mining|
|Trailing-12-Month Revenue||$56.6 billion|
|Management||CEO Tom Albanese (since 2007)
CFO Guy Elliott (since 2002)
|Return on Equity (Average, Past 3 Years)||22.2%|
|Cash/Debt||$10.3 billion / $14.4 billion|
Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold
Sources: Capital IQ (a division of Standard & Poor's) and Motley Fool CAPS.
Just last month, goqqq noted that Rio Tinto "is one of the direct beneficiaries of the increasing appetite for natural resources." Our CAPS member continues: "Rio's cash flow base is diversified, and the company is less susceptible to changes in the market than single-commodity producers are."
Over the past three years, Rio Tinto has even grown its top line at a brisk rate of 24% annually. That's much faster than competitors such as BHP (6.8%) and Vale (14.3%), let alone Freeport's annual decline of 0.1%.
CAPS member Nikobonjon expands on the outperform argument:
My take on [Rio Tinto] is the continuation of increased commodity prices globally for the next few years. Being a large diversified and reasonably well run company I am throwing my hat into this ring. I also like the balance of the many commodities that this company brings to my portfolio.
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