4-Star Stocks Poised to Pop: BP

Based on the aggregated intelligence of 180,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, integrated oil giant BP (NYSE: BP  ) has earned a respected four-star ranking.

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

BP facts

Headquarters (founded)

London (1889)

Market Cap

$133.6 billion

Industry

Integrated oil and gas

Trailing-12-Month Revenue

$376.6 billion

Management

CEO Robert Dudley (since October 2010)

CFO Brian Gilvary (since January 2012)

Return on Equity (average, past 3 years)

12.0%

Cash/Debt

$15.2 billion / $47.7 billion

Dividend Yield

4.6%

Competitors

Chevron (NYSE: CVX  )

ConocoPhillips (NYSE: COP  )

ExxonMobil (NYSE: XOM  )

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

On CAPS, 94% of the 5,233 members who have rated BP believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward.

Just yesterday, one of those bulls, fellow Fool John Divine (TMFDivine), tapped BP as a particularly solid bargain pick:

Still suffering from negative PR due to Gulf spill fiasco a few years back. Even though the company was forced to cut its dividend, it still stands pretty high at 4.6%, and trades at a humble sub-8 P/E. With relatively low levels of institutional ownership (~11%), a low payout ratio (sub 30%), the company has a lot of room to grow its dividend and plenty of runway for when institutions quit being spooked by the company name. Not to mention the fact that the company itself operates in a famously lucrative industry with growing demand. Long-term winner.

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Fool contributor Brian 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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