Based on the aggregated intelligence of 140,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, copper giant Southern Copper (NYSE:PCU) has earned a respected four-star ranking.

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

Southern Copper facts

Headquarters (Founded)

Phoenix, Ariz. (1952)

Market Cap

$29.95 billion


Metals and mining

Trailing-12-Month Revenue

$3.34 billion


CEO Oscar Rocha (since 2004)

CFO Genaro Mercado (since 2008)

Return on Capital (Average, Past 3 Years)



$269.4 million/$1.28 billion


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Sources: Capital IQ (a division of Standard & Poor's) and Motley Fool CAPS.

On CAPS, 96.3% of the 4,175 members who have rated Southern Copper believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bulls include jonjames1986 and sid1138.

Two months ago, jonjames1986 noted that Southern Copper "is a good company that, being a producer of industrial metals, will do well, partly due to inflation in the U.S., as well as increased purchases by other countries seeking to grow their infrastructure on a weak dollar."

In a pitch late last month, sid1138 elaborates on the macro trends working in the stock's favor:

The world is pulling itself out of a large recession. Right now, people in the U.S. are paying down debt and saving more. In 6-9 months that will reverse. Pent-up demand for construction, repairs, and infrastructure will cause demand for copper to increase. Because of the savings and debt-payment, inflation is low. Once people start to spend, US inflation will increase (the government will ensure that). That, combined with increased demand will [increase] the price of copper.

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