Based on the aggregated intelligence of 180,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, gold producer Agnico-Eagle Mines (NYSE: AEM) has earned a respected four-star ranking.

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

Agnico-Eagle facts

Headquarters (Founded) Toronto, Canada (1953)
Market Cap $13.8 billion
Industry Gold
Trailing-12-Month Revenue $1.68 billion
Management

CEO Sean Boyd (since 1998)

CFO Ammar Al-Joundi (since 2010)

Return on Equity (Average, Past 3 Years) 6.3%
Cash/Debt $236.07 million / $611.24 million
Dividend Yield 1.0%
Competitors

Barrick Gold (NYSE: ABX)

Newmont Mining (NYSE: NEM)


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

On CAPS, 93% of the 1,200 members who have rated Agnico-Eagle believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bulls include robertshrestha and yragca.  

Earlier this week , robertshrestha listed several of Agnico-Eagle's positives: "Big growth over past few years, reliable management, operates in 'friendly' countries, great hedge against current market nastiness. What's not to like?!"

Over the past five years, in fact, Agnico-Eagle has grown its top line at a whopping rate of 37% annually. That's much faster than industry peers like AngloGold Ashanti (NYSE: AU) (18.9%), Barrick (24.3%), and Newmont (15.5%).

CAPS member yragca elaborates on the bull case:

The Fed and most central banks in the world are depreciating their currencies as quickly as they can. Gold will be the winner from all of this. And while gold may be somewhat fairly priced, though likely to still rise, gold miners stocks are priced for gold around $1250. These stocks will do great. AEM is well positioned among Gold Miners. And the world is in such chaos today (see Syria, Israel/Palestine, potential trade wars, will there be a Euro?,etc) that the likelihood of an unexpected negative event is higher than normal. Gold, and gold miners, will benefit if that were to occur.

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