Based on the aggregated intelligence of 180,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, Brazilian mining giant Vale (NYSE: VALE) has earned a respected four-star ranking.

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

Vale facts

Headquarters (Founded) Rio de Janeiro (1942)
Market Cap $126.0 billion
Industry Industrial metals and minerals
Trailing-12-Month Revenue $58.2 billion
Management CEO Murilo Ferreira (since 2011)
CFO Tito Martins (since 2011)
Return on Equity (Average, Past 3 Years) 20.2%
Cash/Debt $9.0 billion / $28.0 billion
Dividend Yield 0.2%
Competitors BHP Billiton
Cliffs Natural Resources
Rio Tinto

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

On CAPS, 98% of the 6,623 members who have rated Vale believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward.  

Earlier this month, one of those bulls, K3VIN0, tapped Vale as a solid international selection:

Very strong company operating in Brazil. Even when the slowdown in Chinese construction occurs (which it inevitably will), the company could grow in the Brazilian market where the construction market is beginning to boom too. There should be no shortage in demand around the world for their products so I don't see this dropping much further, especially with the low valuation at around a P/E of 5.

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