Why Royal Dutch Shell Is Poised to Bounce Back

Based on the aggregated intelligence of 180,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, European oil and gas giant Royal Dutch Shell (NYSE: RDS-A  ) has earned a coveted five-star ranking.

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

Royal Dutch Shell facts

Headquarters (founded)

The Hague, the Netherlands (1907)

Market Cap

$208.1 billion

Industry

Integrated oil and gas

Trailing-12-Month Revenue

$467.2 billion

Management

CEO Peter Voser (since 2009)

CFO Simon Henry (since 2009)

Return on Equity (average, past 3 years)

16.2%

Cash / Debt

$18.6 billion / $37.8 billion

Dividend Yield

4.6%

Competitors

ExxonMobil

BP

Total

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

On CAPS, 97% of the 427 members who have rated Royal Dutch Shell believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward.

Just last week, one of those Fools, JohnStuartMill, tapped Royal Dutch Shell as a particularly forward-thinking selection:

I view the Alaska strategy as a long-term strategy. Sure there are more immediate revenue opportunities, but they will eventually dry up leaving Alaska as a prime location. [Royal Dutch Shell] will be there when the opportunity unveils itself. Until, then enjoy the [5% dividend yield] of this European major.

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