Why Conoco Is Poised to Keep Poppin'

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

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

Conoco facts

Headquarters (founded)

Houston (1917)

Market Cap

$76.2 billion

Industry

Integrated oil and gas

Trailing-12-Month Revenue

$59.8 billion

Management

Chairman/CEO Ryan Lance

CFO Jeffrey Sheets

Return on Equity (average, past 3 years)

13.4%

Cash/Debt

$5.4 billion / $25.1 billion

Dividend Yield

4.3%

Competitors

BP

Chevron

ExxonMobil

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

On CAPS, 97% of the 5,806 members who have rated Conoco believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward.

Just last week, one of those Fools, Cardz, succinctly summed up the Conoco bull case for our community:

Despite cleaner fuels, natural gas, and alternative fuel sources, oil is still "king" for the vast majority of the world's growth. ... "The end of cheap oil" has been argued here by other Fools and in other publications, so I won't belabor the issue except to say that throughput costs and the decreasing availability of easily extracted oil has a direct effect on spot oil prices (excluding speculation). I have just recently begun following COP and despite having underperformed the S&P recently, it is in good company with the rest of the industry which has had a weak showing 1-year EPS growth. COP though is paying over a [4% dividend yield] while you wait for the markets to recover.

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