4-Star Stocks Poised to Pop: Murphy Oil

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

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

Murphy facts

Headquarters (founded)

El Dorado, Ark. (1950)

Market Cap

$11.2 billion

Industry

Integrated oil and gas

Trailing-12-Month Revenue

$28.2 billion

Management

CEO Steven Cosse
CFO Kevin Fitzgerald

Return on Equity (average, past 3 years)

10.9%

Cash/Debt

$1.1 billion/$791.6 million

Dividend Yield

2.2%

Competitors

BP (NYSE: BP  )
Chevron
(NYSE: CVX  )
ExxonMobil
(NYSE: XOM  )

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

On CAPS, 97% of the 517 members who have rated Murphy believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward.

Just last week, one of those Fools, All-Star TMFDeej, tapped the stock as a particularly potent opportunity: "Following [activist investor Dan Loeb's] lead into Murphy. If the company follows through with a spin-off of its retail operations and certain divestitures it should provide investors with a healthy return."

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Brian D. Pacampara has no positions in the stocks mentioned above. The Motley Fool owns shares of ExxonMobil. Motley Fool newsletter services recommend Chevron. Try any of our Foolish newsletter services free for 30 days. We Fools may not all hold the same opinions, but we all believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. The Motley Fool has a disclosure policy.


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