Based on the aggregated intelligence of 180,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, gold miner AuRico Gold (NYSE: AUQ) has earned a respected four-star ranking.

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

AuRico facts

Headquarters (Founded) Toronto (1986)
Market Cap $2.6 billion
Industry Gold
Trailing-12-Month Revenue $366.3 million
Management CEO Rene Marion
CFO Scott Perry
Return on Equity (Average, Past 3 Years) (2.1%)
Cash/Debt $147.7 million / $38.5 million

Sources: S&P Capital IQ and Motley Fool CAPS.

On CAPS, 94% of the 601 members who have rated AuRico believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bulls include pyroslayer and TravisRcroteau.

Just last month, pyroslayer tapped AuRico as a particularly timely opportunity: "After [Northgate Minerals] acquisition, this one is fixing to boom, especially with Eurozone and US debt still unchecked."

AuRico even sports a cheapish forward P/E of 7.6. That represents a discount to other gold stocks like Goldcorp (NYSE: GG) (16.0), Newmont Mining (NYSE: NEM) (10.8), and Yamana Gold (NYSE: AUY) (12.5).

CAPS member TravisRcroteau expands on the AuRico outperform argument:

With the recent aquisition of Northgate Minerals establishing a solid mid-tier mining company, the upcoming opening of the soon to be finished Young-Davidson mine (Northgate's Flagship) in gold rich northern Ontario in early 2012, as well as current operations at 5 mines coupled with the increased fear of inflation, the price ... isn't going anywhere but up. I'm anticipating strong growth over the next few years as the [Young Davidson] mine ramps up to full production.

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