Based on the aggregated intelligence of 130,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, mining company Silver Wheaton (NYSE:SLW) has earned a respected four-star ranking.

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

Silver Wheaton facts

Headquarters (founded)

Vancouver, Canada (1994)

Market Cap

$1.854 billion



TTM Revenue

$166.7 million


President/CEO Peter Barnes (since 2006)

CFO Gary Brown (since 2008)

Return on Equity (average, last three years)



Coeur d'Alene Mines (NYSE:CDE)

Pan American Silver (NASDAQ:PAAS)

Freeport-McMoRan (NYSE:FCX)

CAPS members bullish on SLW also bullish on:

Chesapeake Energy (NYSE:CHK)


CAPS members bearish on SLW also bearish on:

Goldcorp (NYSE:GG) 

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

Over on CAPS, 97% of the 1,530 members who have rated Silver Wheaton believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bulls include FiatFaux and speedybure.

Last month, FiatFaux touched on Silver Wheaton's unique model as a purchaser of long-term silver contracts:

The Gold/Silver Ratio is already closing fast...
The Fed is printing trillions in paper "money".
[Silver Wheaton] skims the silver off top of miners all over.
The miners have no clue what silver will soon do.

In a pitch from two weeks ago, speedybure shares three reasons why silver is a solid bet:

1) MZM and M2 have doubled in the last 11 years and we continue to run the printing presses 24/7. All Commodities will move up, but silver is still considered "money" and has "industrial use" and will be in high demand.
2) The gold: silver historical ration is skewed, recently hovering between 67-75:1 as opposed to the 55:1 average over the last 30 years.
3) SLW will produce 30m oz by 2011, of which a significant amount will be realized via royalty streams. In other words they will generate enormous free cash flow due to lack of capital reinvestment requirements.

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Fool contributor Brian Pacampara owns no position in any of the companies mentioned. Chesapeake Energy is a Motley Fool Inside Value recommendation. Try any of our Foolish investing newsletters today, free for 30 days. The Fool's disclosure policy always gets a perfect score.