Based on the aggregated intelligence of 180,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, global mining giant Rio Tinto has earned a respected four-star ranking.

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

Rio Tinto facts

Headquarters (Founded)

London (1873)

Market Cap

$105.4 billion

Industry

Diversified metals and mining

Trailing-12-Month Revenue

$56.8 billion

Management

CEO Tom Albanese (since 2007)
CFO Guy Elliott (since 2002)

Return on Equity (Average, Past 3 Years)

21.7%

Cash/Debt

$7.8 billion / $21.2 billion

Dividend Yield

2.5%

Competitors

Anglo American
BHP Billiton

Vale


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

On CAPS, 97% of the 1,647 members who have rated Rio Tinto believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward.

Just last week, one of those Fools, Acolin, succinctly summed up the bull case for our community:

British Rio Tinto is mostly in Australia and North America, but it also operates in Europe, South America, Asia and Africa. Gold and silver are by-products of Tinto's copper operations. The $105B company has a pricey 25 P/E, but pays a nice 2.5% dividend. This stock pays Fools to own it. Price action is currently POSITIVE.

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The article Why Rio Tinto Will Outperform in 2013 originally appeared on Fool.com.

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