Based on the aggregated intelligence of 150,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, gold and copper miner Northgate Minerals (NYSE: NXG) has earned a respected four-star ranking.

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

Northgate facts

Headquarters (Founded)

Vancouver, Canada (1919)

Market Cap

$750.0 million

Industry

Gold

Trailing-12-Month Revenue

$511.0 million

Management

CEO Kenneth Stowe (since 1999)
CFO Jon Douglas (since 2001)

Return on Equity (Average, Past 3 Years)

6.5%

Compound Annual Revenue and Net Income Growth (Over Past 5 Years)

23.9% and 11%

Cash/Debt

$235.9 million / $50.8 million

Competitors

Yamana Gold (NYSE: AUY)
Kinross Gold (NYSE: KGC)
Hecla Mining (NYSE: HL)

Other Highly Rated Mining Stocks

Freeport-McMoRan (NYSE: FCX)
Vale (NYSE: VALE)

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

On CAPS, 96% of the 1,494 members who have rated Northgate believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bulls include DarthMaul09 and bottomtroll.

Late last month, DarthMaul09 tapped the stock as a golden long-term opportunity: "Putting out a net for mid size miners with the potential for [Teck Resources (NYSE: TCK)] type return. With a long enough time horizon this bet appears safe."

In a pitch from two weeks ago, bottomtroll expands on Northgate as a great way to get back to basics:

A junior gold, sure, but one with potential to survive a tough 1st half of 2010. Commodities will be back, and stronger, or we all may as well say farewell. If we EVER get out of this financial joke of a world system, [Northgate] will be there.
I'm really starting to not care about stocks at all, favoring hands-on metals, guns and food ... and tools!

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Fool contributor Brian Pacampara owns no position in any of the companies mentioned. The Fool's disclosure policy always gets a perfect score.