Based on the aggregated intelligence of 180,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, natural gas transporter Energy Transfer Partners (NYSE:ETP) has earned a coveted five-star ranking.

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

Energy Transfer facts

Headquarters (founded)

Dallas (2002)

Market Cap

$19.0 billion


Oil and gas transportation and storage

Trailing-12-Month Revenue

$25.2 billion


Chairman/CEO Kelsey Warren

President/COO Marshall McCrea

Return on Equity (average, past 3 years)


Cash / Debt

$528.0 million / $16.9 billion

Dividend Yield



DCP Midstream Partners


Kinder Morgan

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

On CAPS, 98% of the 925 members who have rated Energy Transfer believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward.

Just last week, one of those Fools, DJRRYAN, succinctly summed up the Energy Transfer bull case for our community:

Pipeline fee based operations provide both a high barrier to competition, as well as a degree of separation from the cost fluctuation of the materials transported. Also, if you believe as I do that the US economy is in a long term growth trend combined with the potential of dramatically reducing our energy dependency on global conflict zones, then it seems to me that investing in pipelines is the place to be for the next five years.

Fool contributor Brian Pacampara has no position in any stocks mentioned. The Motley Fool recommends DCP Midstream Partners, LP and Kinder Morgan. The Motley Fool owns shares of Kinder Morgan. 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.