4-Star Stocks Poised to Pop: Cliffs Natural Resources

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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, iron ore miner Cliffs Natural Resources (NYS: CLF) has earned a respected four-star ranking.

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

Cliffs facts

Headquarters (Founded)Cleveland (1847)
Market Cap$8.54 billion
IndustryIndustrial metals and minerals
Trailing-12-Month Revenue$6.56 billion
ManagementChairman/CEO Joseph Carrabba
CFO Laurie Brlas
Return on Equity (Average, Past 3 Years)23.7%
Cash/Debt$545 million / $4.2 billion
Dividend Yield1.9%
CompetitorsBHP Billiton (NYS: BHP)
Peabody Energy (NYS: BTU)
Teck Resources (NYS: TCK)

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

On CAPS, 96% of the 1,422 members who have rated Cliffs believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bulls include mitleg and BigOlDave.   

Earlier this month, mitleg tapped Cliffs as a timely bargain opportunity:

This is an all around great company. ... With a global economy seeming to moderate, it is a good time to get in. Forward [P/E] is under 6. PEG is well under 1. Great management. Buy.

In fact, Cliffs sports a particularly paltry P/E of 4.6. That represents a discount to competitors like BHP Billiton (7.9), Peabody (9.0), and Teck Resources (8.5).

CAPS member BigOlDave elaborates on the bull case:

Cliffs Natural Resources seems to be a good stock to hold. ... Metal mining (iron ore pellets and met & thermal coal) seems like a good sector, if the world economy gets healthier.

As a sanity check, I note the following:
• S&P gives it 5 stars out of 5 ("Strong Buy") ...
• The Motley Fool [CAPS community] consistently gives it 4 out of 5 stars.

[I]n an up market Cliffs will take off like a rocket. As soon as it hits some rare heights, I'm out of it. In the meantime, its dividend yield is fair... though I prefer higher dividend payers.

If [Cliffs] was not such a prominent player in my portfolio, I would look to get more of it. Recommendation: Buy.

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