Based on the aggregated intelligence of 180,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, oil and natural gas explorer Continental Resources has earned a respected four-star ranking.

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

Continental facts

Headquarters (Founded)

Enid, Okla. (1967)

Market Cap

$13.8 billion

Industry

Oil and gas exploration and production

Trailing-12-Month Revenue

$2.3 billion

Management

Chairman/CEO Harold Hamm
President/COO Winston Bott Jr.

Return on Equity (Average, Past 3 Years)

22%

Cash/Debt

$259.5 million / $3.0 billion

Competitors

Abraxas Petroleum
Chesapeake Energy

EOG Resources


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

On CAPS, 96% of the 735 members who have rated Continental believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward.

Just last month, one of those Fools, macattk, succinctly summed up the Continental bull case of our community:

"Leading position in the Bakken with extensive infrastructure and significant production-exceptional growth rate in terms of production and reserves will result in cash flows driving valuation uplift; well capitalized and low leverage; only downside really in commodity risk with potential for weaker oil prices in [first-half] 2013."

If you want market-thumping returns, you need to put together the best portfolio you can. Of course, despite a strong four-star rating, Continental may not be your top choice.

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The article Why Continental Resources Is Poised to Outperform originally appeared on Fool.com.

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