Based on the aggregated intelligence of 180,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, iron-ore miner Cliffs Natural Resources (NYSE:CLF) has earned a respected four-star ranking.

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

Cliffs facts

Headquarters (founded)

Cleveland (1847)

Market Cap

$5.2 billion

Industry

Steel

Trailing-12-Month Revenue

$6.2 billion

Management

Chairman/CEO Joseph Carrabba

CFO Terrance Paradie

Return on Equity (average, past 3 years)

25.8%

Cash / Debt

$36.3 million / $3.9 billion

Dividend Yield

6.9%

Competitors

Alpha Natural Resources (NYSE: ANR)

CONSOL Energy (NYSE:CNX)

Peabody Energy (OTC:BTU)

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

On CAPS, 96% of the 1,559 members who have rated Cliffs believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward.

Just a few weeks ago, one of those Fools, DrGoldin, highlighted Cliffs as a rather solid bargain opportunity:

I understand that iron-ore prices are under pressure. I understand that the company isn't particularly well-diversified. I also see that their dividend yield is over 6% and their payout ratio is tiny. And China is not CRASHING; it's just slowing down. [Cliffs] has repeated that the dividend is safe, and I really don't see much danger. So why on earth is this not a buy at these prices? I'm getting hammered right now because I made my buy call a touch early, but in the long run I don't think it's going to matter much.

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