Based on the aggregated intelligence of 180,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, diamond miner and retailer Harry Winston Diamond (NYS: HWD) has earned a respected four-star ranking.

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

Harry Winston facts

Headquarters (Founded)

Toronto (1980)

Market Cap

$1.2 billion

Industry

Precious metals and minerals

Trailing-12-Month Revenue

$705.1 million

Management

Chairman/CEO Robert Gannicott
Group CFO Cyrille Baudet

Return on Capital (Average, Past 3 Years)

3.5%

Cash/Debt

$74.6 million / $304.9 million

Competitors

BHP Billiton (NYS: BHP)
De Beers
Mountain Province Diamonds


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

On CAPS, 95% of the 393 members who have rated Harry Winston believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward.

This past week, one of those Fools, TMFDeej, brought a potentially powerful catalyst to our community's attention: "Following activist investor Starboard Value into Harry Winston. There's a good chance that Starboard will somehow unlock value here, perhaps by pushing for a split of the retail and mining operations."

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The article Harry Winston: 4-Star Stocks Attracting Activist Attention originally appeared on Fool.com.

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