Based on the aggregated intelligence of 125,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, Indian mining company Sterlite Industries (NYSE:SLT) has earned a coveted five-star ranking. Our data has shown that five-star stocks outperform the market by a significant margin; conversely, one-star stocks woefully lag the market average.

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

Sterlite facts


Mumbai, India

Market Cap

$3.54 billion


Diversified Metals and Mining

TTM Revenue

$5.02 billion


Executive Vice-Chairman Navin Agarwal (since 2004)

CFO Dindayal Jalan (since 2003)

TTM Return on Equity



Hindalco Industries,

National Aluminum

CAPS members bullish on SLT also bullish on:

Vale (NYSE:RIO),

Freeport-McMoRan (NYSE:FCX),

Southern Copper (NYSE:PCU)

CAPS members bearish on SLT also bearish on:

First Solar (NASDAQ:FSLR),


Valero Energy (NYSE:VLO)

Sources: Capital IQ (a division of Standard & Poor's), and Motley Fool CAPS. TTM = trailing 12 months.

Over on CAPS, 1,065 of the 1,083 members who have rated Sterlite -- or 98% -- believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bulls include hartrich4 and funkywizard.

Two weeks ago, hartrich4 tapped Sterlite as a cash-rich company with multibagger potential: "With the amount of cash they have you can't go wrong with this stock for the long run. Once the economy gets any positive signs should at least be a triple."

Whether or not that thumbs-up for the metals company pans out, funkywizard shares the sentiment in a pitch from one week earlier, and focuses on Sterlite's long-term tailwinds:

In the short term, all mining stocks are down due to the low commodity prices inherent in the current recession. Along with the additional bearish selling in general, this stock is in a uniquely under priced position. Having dominant market share in Indian mining as well as a solid balance sheet makes this company poised to explode as soon as there is any good news in the world economy.

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Fool contributor Brian Pacampara owns no position in any of the companies mentioned. Sterlite Industries is a Motley Fool Global Gains pick. The Fool's disclosure policy always gets a perfect score.