Based on the aggregated intelligence of 170,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, Brazilian steel giant Companhia Siderurgica Nacional (NYSE: SID) has earned a coveted five-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 (1941)

Market Cap

$25.8 billion



Trailing-12-Month Revenue

$8.4 billion


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

Return on Capital (average, past 3 years)



$7.7 billion / $12.5 billion

Dividend Yield



ArcelorMittal (NYSE: MT)
Gerdau (NYSE: GGB)

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

On CAPS, 96.5% of the 905 members who have rated CSN believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bulls include chematu and iamlard.

Just last month, chematu tapped CSN as a rather sporting selection:

Brazil is Latin America's China in terms of market size as well as consumption and economic growth potential. [CSN] is a leading steel producer and it will also benefit from the building boom related to the hosting of the 2012 Summer Olympics and the hosting of the World Cup in 2014.

With a 35% share of the Brazilian flat-rolled market, CSN remains one of our community's favorite plays on the country's ever-growing steel consumption. Thanks in large part to low input and labor costs, CSN's three-year average operating margin (32%) easily tops that of foreign steelmakers Arcelor (8.2%), Gerdau (13.7%), and POSCO (14.5%), as well as U.S.-based plays U.S. Steel (NYSE: X) (1.2%), Nucor (NYSE: NUE) (9.7%), and AK Steel (NYSE: AKS) (5.6%).

With several long-term tailwinds working in CSN's favor, CAPS member iamlard expands on the stock as a solid opportunity:

[CSN] is a rapidly growing steel producer in Brazil which owns their own iron ore deposits. With the 2014 World Cup and 2016 Olympics awarded to Brazil, I expect infrastructure to be invested in heavily. There may be some initial headwinds as commodity prices are falling today, but over the next several years, I expect [CSN] to outperform big-time.

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