Based on the aggregated intelligence of 180,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, global mining giant Rio Tinto (NYSE: RIO) has earned a respected four-star ranking.

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 $80.0 billion
Industry Diversified metals and mining
Trailing-12-Month Revenue $56.8 billion
Management CEO Tom Albanese (since 2007)
CFO Guy Elliott (since 2002)
Return on Equity (average, past 3 years) 21.7%
Cash / Debt $7.8 billion / $21.2 billion
Dividend Yield 3.4%
Competitors Anglo American

Sources: S&P Capital IQ and Motley Fool CAPS.

On CAPS, 96% of the 1,659 members who have rated Rio Tinto believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward.

A few months ago, one of those bulls, mwlove, tapped Rio Tinto as a particularly solid bargain opportunity:

All those car factories being built in China need steel. [W]ho will provide the iron ore? ... The sell-off on short-term drops in ore shipments has received absurd levels here, and a rebound is on tap. Great company, big dividend, and bigger prospects over the long haul.

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