Based on the aggregated intelligence of 180,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, Brazilian mining giant Vale (NYSE: VALE) has earned a respected four-star ranking.

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

Vale facts

Headquarters (founded) Rio de Janeiro (1942)
Market Cap $97.0 billion
Industry Industrial metals and minerals
Trailing-12-Month Revenue $51.1 billion
Management CEO Murilo Ferreira (since 2011)
CFO Tito Martins (since 2011)
Return on Equity (average, past 3 years) 22.2%
Cash/Debt $5.0 billion / $25.1 billion
Dividend Yield 5.6%
Competitors BHP Billiton
Cliffs Natural Resources
Rio Tinto

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

On CAPS, 98% of the 6,635 members who have rated Vale believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward.  

Just last month, one of those Fools, NHWeston102, offered three good reasons to look into the stock:

First, it's Brazil! Second, with the exception [Chesapeake Energy], fewer other producers of commodities have fallen so far -- but [Vale] is not run by shareholder-hating con-men. Third, they are innovating in fertilizers and will get a boost from agriculture. Good entry point here, methinks.

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