Based on the aggregated intelligence of 180,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, coal producer CONSOL Energy (NYSE: CNX) has received a distressing two-star ranking.

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

CONSOL facts

Headquarters (founded) Canonsburg, Pa. (1991)
Market Cap $6.9 billion
Industry Coal and consumable fuels
Trailing-12-Month Revenue $5.6 billion
Management Chairman/CEO J. Brett Harvey
CFO William Lyons
Return on Equity (average, past 3 years) 16.2%
Cash/Debt $200.2 million / $3.2 billion
Dividend Yield 1.6%
Competitors Alpha Natural Resources
Arch Coal
Peabody Energy

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

On CAPS, 8% of the 689 members who have rated CONSOL believe the stock will underperform the S&P 500 going forward.

Just last week, one of those Fools, All-Star Chemdawg, succinctly summed up the CONSOL bear case for our community: "[E]nergy is due for a correction ... inventories are high and demand is lagging especially for coal. [I]t is almost not economically recoverable at these prices ... and I expect them to fall further since [natural gas] pricing is even lower than coal."

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