4-Star Stocks Poised to Pop: Silver Wheaton

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Based on the aggregated intelligence of 180,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, silver royalty holding company Silver Wheaton (NYS: SLW) has earned a respected four-star ranking.

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

Silver Wheaton facts

HeadquartersVancouver, Canada
Market Cap$13.6 billion
IndustryPrecious metals and minerals
Trailing-12-Month Revenue$595.4 million
Management

Co-Founder/CEO Randy Smallwood

CFO Gary Brown

Return on Equity (Average, Past 3 Years)10.8%
Cash/Debt$701.4 million / $92.9 million
Dividend Yield0.3%

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

On CAPS, 95% of the 2,542 members who have rated Silver Wheaton believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bulls include Gonzhouse and Doulk.

Late last month, Gonzhouse listed a few of Silver Wheaton's positives:

82% [net margins]. ... Dividend just initiated but likely to grow substantially. Fixed cost at $4 per oz of silver and no hedges. A favorite of TMFSinchiruna. What's not to like?

In fact, Silver Wheaton boasts a rather robust three-year average operating margin of 56.1%. That's much higher than that of other silver plays like Hecla Mining (NYS: HL) (22.6%) and Pan American Silver (NAS: PAAS) (22.5%), let alone Coeur d'Alene's (NYS: CDE) negative average operating margin of 16.9%.

CAPS member Doulk elaborates on the Silver Wheaton bull case:

They have 25 employees and are not responsible for any of the dirty work. Just help invest in mines to aquire contracts to receive silver as the by-product of mining gold. Able to buy vast quantities of silver at $4 per ounce and sell it at market. Contracts are in place at many major gold mines like [Barrick].

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