Based on the aggregated intelligence of 120,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, coal producer CONSOL Energy (NYSE:CNX) has earned a respected four-star ranking. While five-star stocks have been the best performers, our data has shown that four-star stocks still outshine the market by a significant margin and shouldn't be taken lightly; conversely, low-rated stocks have woefully lagged the market average.

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

CONSOL facts

Headquarters (founded)

Canonsburg, Pennsylvania (1991)

Market Cap

$4.06 billion


Coal & Consumable Fuels

TTM Revenue

$4.19 billion


CEO J. Brett Harvey (since 1998)

CFO William Lyons (since 2001)

Return on Equity (average last three years)


Dividend Yield



Peabody Energy (NYSE:BTU),

Massey Energy (NYSE:MEE)

CAPS members bullish on CNX also bullish on

Arch Coal (NYSE:ACI),

Chesapeake Energy (NYSE:CHK)

CAPS members bearish on CNX also bearish on

James River Coal (NASDAQ:JRCC),

Foundation Coal (NYSE:FCL)

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

Over on CAPS, fully 520 of the 555 members who have rated CONSOL -- some 94% -- believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bulls include srk85 and my fellow Fool Christopher Barker (TMFSinchiruna).

Last week, srk85 touched on the stock's attractive price: "Forward PE is around 3 and growth is projected to be through the roof. With the price down 80% from not too distant highs, this is a great value."

In a more detailed pitch from a week earlier, Christopher shares that sentiment, tapping CONSOL as a particularly special coal stock. Here's an excerpt:

... I singled out CONSOL Energy as a solid near-term prospect because of the company's unique production profile among Appalachian players with 96% of production coming from underground mines. CONSOL is not immune to most of the challenges listed by Foundation and Patriot -- like labor shortages and increased site visits by regulatory personnel -- but I view the lack of exposure to surface mining activity as a major plus until the case involving Massey and its potential implications for the region's coal miners are fully resolved.

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