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

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

Alpha Natural facts

Headquarters (founded) Abingdon, Va. (2002)
Market Cap $3.4 billion
Industry Coal and consumable fuels
Trailing-12-Month Revenue $7.0 billion
Management CEO Kevin Crutchfield
CFO Frank Wood
Return on Equity (average, past 3 years) (1.9%)
Cash/Debt $700.0 million / $3.0 billion
Competitors Arch Coal
Peabody Energy

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

On CAPS, 95% of the 884 members who have rated Alpha Natural believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward.  

Earlier this month, one of those Fools, 5starman, tapped the stock as a solid way to play depressed coal prices:

Coal's gotta come back sooner or later. In the US it may be used less, but the rest of the world is still firing away coal. Once prices stabilize after production cutbacks, the entire industry should rebound.

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