4-Star Stocks Poised to Pop: Penn West Petroleum

Based on the aggregated intelligence of 180,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, petroleum and natural gas company Penn West Petroleum (NYSE: PWE  ) has earned a respected four-star ranking.

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

Penn West facts

Headquarters (founded)

Calgary, Canada (1979)

Market Cap

$6.5 billion

Industry

Oil and gas exploration and production

Trailing-12-Month Revenue

$2.9 billion

Management

CEO Murray Nunns

CFO Todd Takeyasu

Return on Equity (average, past 3 years)

7.9%

Total Debt

$3.8 billion

Dividend Yield

8.1%

Competitors

Encana (NYSE: ECA  )

Paramount Resources

Suncor Energy (NYSE: SU  )

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

On CAPS, 96% of the 1,392 members who have rated Penn West believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward.

Just last week, one of those Fools, All-Star Staka, offered a balanced take on the Penn West opportunity:

Positive:
-Close to tangible book
-High [dividend yield]
-Good momentum
-NatGas prices can only go up
-Has lots of land assets and reserves
-Analysts are pessimistic and we have seen a number of downgrades but the stock price kept rising which should be a bullish sign
Negative:
-Depends a lot on oil prices which are slightly overvalued at the moment due to political risk premium but QE will drive inflation and prices might stay high

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