4-Star Stocks Poised to Pop: ExxonMobil

Based on the aggregated intelligence of 180,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, oil and gas gorilla ExxonMobil (NYS: XOM) has earned a respected four-star ranking.

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

Exxon facts

Headquarters (Founded) Irving, Texas (1870)
Market Cap $409 billion
Industry Integrated oil and gas
Trailing-12-Month Revenue $420 billion
Management Chairman/CEO Rex Tillerson
CFO Donald Humphreys
Return on Equity (Average, Past 3 Years) 22.2%
Cash/Debt $11.0 billion / $16.8 billion
Dividend Yield 2.2%
Competitors BP (NYS: BP)
Chevron (NYS: CVX)
ConocoPhillips (NYS: COP)

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

On CAPS, 94% of the 8,247 members who have rated Exxon believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bulls include All-Star TheMiracleDJR, who is ranked in the top 5% of our community, and LegendPhoenix.  

Just last month, TheMiracleDJR touched on Exxon's sheer scale:

Any company that racks up tens of billions quarterly runs the entire world. They sure seem a hell of a lot better than BP overall. A true Monster of Greatness.

In fact, Exxon's three-year average return on equity of 22% easily tops that of BP (9%), as well as other oil and gas giants like Chevron (19%) and Conoco (-1%).

CAPS member LegendPhoenix elaborates on the bull case:

My target: a company that reliably pays a dividend, grows slowly but surely and will still be around when I'm ready to retire. ...

[T]hey are the largest publicly traded company in the world with a market cap of over $400B. When I was young and reckless I though investing in this type of behemoth was like betting on a dinosaur to live through the ice age. As the world's thirst for oil continues and the potential for natural gas grows, I am changing my tune for ExxonMobil.

Lately there has been a lot of exciting news about oil and gas companies spinning off their pipelines, e&p operations and refining capabilities; yet ExxonMobil quietly lumbers along, performing all the tasks to get oil from the well to the pump.

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