Based on the aggregated intelligence of 170,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, Brazilian steel giant Companhia Siderurgica Nacional (NYSE: SID) has earned a respected four-star ranking.

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

CSN facts

Headquarters (Founded) Sao Paulo, Brazil (1941)
Market Cap $22.9 billion
Industry Steel
Revenue $9.2 billion

Chairman/CEO Benjamin Steinbruch

CFO Paulo Marques

Return on Capital (Average, Past 3 Years) 14.7%
Cash/Debt $6.52 billion / $12.79 billion

ArcelorMittal (NYSE: MT)

Gerdau (NYSE: GGB)

Nucor (NYSE: NUE)

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

On CAPS, 96% of the 916 members who have rated CSN believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bulls include tpc2104 and chematu.

Earlier this year, tpc2104 tapped CSN as a particularly potent play:

Steel play (commodity, material). Infrastructure play in a developing nation. Upcoming catalysts play (Olympics). Emerging Markets play (Brazil). All would mean little if this weren't a solid company. Good management, good dividend, good financials, fair entry price.

Over the next five years, in fact, CSN is expected to grow its bottom line at a brisk rate of 25% annually. That's faster than listed rivals Arcelor (22.9%), Gerdau (18.4%), and Nucor (15.0%).

CAPS member chematu expands on the CSN outperform argument:

Brazil is Latin America's China in terms of market size as well as consumption and economic growth potential. SID is a leading steel producer and it will also benefit from the building boom related to the hosting of the 2012 Summer Olympics and the hosting of the World Cup in 2014.

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