Based on the aggregated intelligence of 180,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, oilfield service giant Schlumberger (NYSE: SLB ) has earned a coveted five-star ranking.
With that in mind, let's take a closer look at Schlumberger's business and see what CAPS investors are saying about the stock right now.
||Oil and gas equipment and services
||CEO Paal Kibsgaard (since August 2011)
CFO Simon Ayat (since March 2007)
|Return on Equity (Average, Past 3 Years)
|Cash / Debt
||$4.93 billion / $9.56 billion
Sources: Capital IQ (a division of Standard & Poor's) and Motley Fool CAPS.
On CAPS, 97% of the 2,876 members who have rated Schlumberger believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bulls include whyaduck1128 and MFBajanCajun.
A few months ago, whyaduck1128 succinctly summed up the Schlumberger bull case: "As long as the world uses oil, someone has to provide oilfield services."
Over the past five years, in fact, Schlumberger has grown its top line at a solid rate of 15.5% annually. That's faster than industry peers like Halliburton (NYSE: HAL ) (4.9%), Core Labs (NYSE: CLB ) (9.8%), and Oceaneering International (NYSE: OII ) (12%).
CAPS member MFBajanCajun elaborates on the bull case:
Schlumberger is miles ahead of its nearest competitors ... in a field that WILL, sooner or later, 'pop' again. (and again, and again, and again). Until a real game-changer comes along in the energy industry, oil is tightly interwoven into the fabric of life on planet earth as we know it. Enough has been said about our dependency on oil, do I really have to say more? Schlumberger helps oil majors to get oil out of the ground, and they do it more & better than anyone else.
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