4-Star Stocks Poised to Pop: Hecla Mining

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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 miner Hecla Mining (NYS: HL) has earned a respected four-star ranking.

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

Hecla facts

Headquarters (founded)Coeur d'Alene, Idaho (1891)
Market Cap$1.4 billion
IndustryPrecious metals and minerals
Trailing-12-Month Revenue$477.6 million
ManagementCEO Phillips Baker Jr. (since 2003)
CFO James Sabala (since 2008)
Return on Equity (average, past 3 years)9.6%
Cash/Debt$266.5 million / $10.3 million
Dividend Yield1%
Competitors

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

On CAPS, 95% of the 1,330 members who have rated Hecla believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward.  

Earlier this month, one of those Fools, Yeti434, succinctly summed up the bull case for our community:

With silver resources on the rise I think [Hecla] is a pretty good play into the mining sector. Consider this, silver resources now stand at 281 million oz, and reserves are at 148 million oz. ... On top of that, it pays a dividend, and a low P/E.

Sure, this share is over twice as volatile as the S&P 500, but we are in it for the long haul, right? If you want something to produce cash for the next 5 years, and the effects of interest rate cuts across the world will keep commodity prices up, then I think [Hecla] is a good choice.

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At the time this article was published Fool contributor Brian Pacampara owns no position in any of the companies mentioned. 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 Fool's disclosure policy always gets a perfect score.

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