4-Star Stocks Poised to Pop: Southern Copper

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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, copper giant Southern Copper (NYS: SCCO) has earned a respected four-star ranking.

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

Southern Copper facts

Headquarters (founded)Phoenix (1952)
Market Cap$25.9 billion
IndustryCopper
Trailing-12-Month Revenue$6.8 billion
ManagementCEO Oscar Rocha (since 2004)
CFO Genaro Mercado (since 2008)
Return on Equity (average, past 3 years)41.5%
Cash/Debt$1.4 billion / $2.8 billion
CompetitorsCodelco
Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold
Rio Tinto

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

On CAPS, 96% of the 4,363 members who have rated Southern Copper believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward.  

A few months ago, one of those Fools, All-Star Schmacko, summed up the Southern Copper bull case for our community:

This stock has been beaten down greatly and I think with copper prices rising again this is a good way to play that trend. The company also averages about a 6-8% annual dividend yield at this price level.

I think the current regime in Peru has also shown that they aren't going to crack down on miners as hard as many people feared which is also a big plus.

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At the time this article was published Fool contributor Brian Pacampara owns no position in any of the companies mentioned. The Motley Fool owns shares of Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold. Try any of our Foolish newsletter services free for 30 days. We Fools may not all hold the same opinions, but we all believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. The Motley Fool has a disclosure policy.

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