Based on the aggregated intelligence of 125,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, coal producer Walter Industries (NYSE:WLT) has earned a respected four-star ranking.

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

Walter Industries facts 

Headquarters (founded)

Tampa, Fla. (1946)

Market Cap

$1.21 billion


Coal and Consumable Fuels

TTM Revenue

$1.37 billion


Vice Chairman/CFO Victor Patrick

Return on Equity (average last three years)


Dividend Yield



Peabody Energy (NYSE:BTU),


Massey Energy (NYSE:MEE)

CAPS members bullish on WLT also bullish on:

Johnson & Johnson (NYSE:JNJ)

CAPS members bearish on WLT also bearish on:

Citigroup (NYSE:C),

Freddie Mac (NYSE:FRE)

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

Over on CAPS, 95% of the 1,395 members who have rated Walter Industries believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bulls include CAPS All-Star daharkleroad, who is ranked in the top 10% of our community, and einsteinpfleet.

Last month, daharkleroad complimented Walter on its recent weight loss: "After shedding the home construction business, this company looks lean and mean. Coal may be a dirty word to some, but it is the cheapest energy source available. With new carbon fixing technologies coming on line demand will be greater then ever."

In a pitch from December, einsteinpfleet expands on that bullish line of thinking:

Walter announced it would separate it's housing business from it's coal business, which is much more interesting now than when it was announced. If Obama and China decide to implement infrastructure programs, Walter should be a beneficiary. No matter what the economic conditions, I do not see people turning off their lights, televisions, or computers which means that electricity consumption should remain constant. Again, this is a plus for coal. Obama may be looking for cleaner burning coal, but there is no substitute for several years to come.

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