Why National Oilwell Is Poised to Outperform

Based on the aggregated intelligence of 180,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, oil field services specialist National Oilwell Varco (NYSE: NOV  ) has earned a coveted five-star ranking.

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

National Oilwell facts

Headquarters (Founded)

Houston (1862)

Market Cap

$29.0 billion

Industry

Oil and gas equipment and services

Trailing-12-Month Revenue

$18.6 billion

Management

Chairman/CEO Merrill Miller Jr.
CFO Clay Williams

Return on Equity (Average, Past 3 Years)

11.7%

Cash/Debt

$1.7 billion / $1.5 billion

Dividend Yield

0.8%

Competitors

McDermott International (NYSE: MDR  )
Schlumberger
(NYSE: SLB  )
Weatherford International
(NYSE: WFT  )

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

On CAPS, 99% of the 3,682 members who have rated National Oilwell believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward.

Just last week, one of those bulls, fellow Fool Bryan Hinmon (TMF42), succinctly summed up the outperform case for our community: "As the energy industry looks to develop less-traditional reserves [National Oilwell's] supplies become more important, and as regulations heighten drillers will look to reliable suppliers of high repute. Consumable sales and rig maintenance provide decent margin, decent reliability earnings to complement the more oil price-sensitive aspects of the business."

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