Based on the aggregated intelligence of 145,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, Brazilian steel giant Companhia Siderurgica Nacional (CSN) (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

$23.1 billion



Trailing-12-Month Revenue

$6.5 billion


CEO Benjamin Steinbruch (since April 2002)
CFO Paulo Marques (since May 2009)

Return on Equity (Average, Past 3 Years)



$5.1 billion / $8.5 billion

Dividend Yield



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

On CAPS, 96% of the 864 members who have rated CSN believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bulls include fromthepit and TexasLonghorns.

Two months ago, fromthepit singled out the stock as a rather strong way to make some income: "This is a winner, solid and stable, additionally pays great dividends."

In a pitch from two weeks ago, TexasLonghorns expands on CSN as an ideal pick for steely-eyed investors:

[CSN] is one of Brazil’s largest steel producers. The company makes cans and other metal products sold in Brazil, with particular dominance in galvanized steel for construction and industrial use. [CSN] also owns iron ore, limestone and dolomite mines, whose products are used in the production of steel. [CSN] is the major steel supplier to the Brazilian automobile industry. With the Olympic build out and Brazil's economy recovering faster than ours ... I like this with [Gerdau].

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