Based on the aggregated intelligence of 180,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, oilfield service specialist Baker Hughes (NYSE: BHI ) has earned a respected four-star ranking.
With that in mind, let's take a closer look at Baker Hughes' business and see what CAPS investors are saying about the stock right now.
Baker Hughes facts
|Headquarters (founded)||Houston (1972)|
|Market Cap||$19.6 billion|
|Industry||Oil and gas equipment and services|
|Trailing-12-Month Revenue||$21.3 billion|
|Management||CEO Martin Craighead
CFO Peter Ragauss
|Return on Equity (average, past 3 years)||8.1%|
|Cash/Debt||$792.0 million / $5.0 billion|
Sources: S&P Capital IQ and Motley Fool CAPS.
On CAPS, 96% of the 1,231 of the members who have rated Baker Hughes believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward.
A bit of a contrarian play -- the stock has massively underperformed the market and been downgraded by analysts because of the glut of natural gas. Everyone knows business is slowing which makes this a good time to establish a position in a solid company with decent fundamentals.
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