Based on the aggregated intelligence of 180,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, coal producer Peabody Energy (NYSE: BTU) has earned a respected four-star ranking.

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

Peabody facts

Headquarters (Founded) St. Louis (1883)
Market Cap $9.27 billion
Industry Coal and consumable fuels
Trailing-12-Month Revenue $7.61 billion
Management Chairman/CEO Gregory Boyce
Vice President/CFO Michael Crews
Return on Equity (Average, Past 3 Years) 18.5%
Cash/Debt $1.4 billion / $2.5 billion
Dividend Yield 1.0%
Competitors Alpha Natural Resources (NYSE: ANR)
BHP Billiton (NYSE: BHP)

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

On CAPS, 96% of the 1,942 members who have rated Peabody believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bulls include bullydawg7 and RJTaylor12.  

Earlier this month, bullydawg7 touched on Peabody's recent purchase of Australian miner Macarthur Coal as a bullish bonus: "[Peabody] is a great company marketing a product globally that will continue to be in demand. The Australian acquisition is icing on the cake really."

Peabody even trades at a particularly paltry forward P/E of 6.7. That represents a discount to competitors like Alpha Natural (11.9), BHP (10.7), and CONSOL (10.5).

CAPS member RJTaylor12 expands on the Peabody outperform argument:

What's not to like? Huge reserves, loads of cash, largest [private-sector] producer in the U.S. of a resource that is going to be increasingly sought after for at least the next decade (irrespective of the eco-movements desires) sounds good to me!

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