Based on the aggregated intelligence of 180,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, oil and gas gorilla ExxonMobil (NYSE: XOM ) has earned a respected four-star ranking.
With that in mind, let's take a closer look at Exxon's business and see what CAPS investors are saying about the stock right now.
|Headquarters (Founded)||Irving, Texas (1870)|
|Market Cap||$409 billion|
|Industry||Integrated oil and gas|
|Trailing-12-Month Revenue||$420 billion|
|Management||Chairman/CEO Rex Tillerson
CFO Donald Humphreys
|Return on Equity (Average, Past 3 Years)||22.2%|
|Cash/Debt||$11.0 billion / $16.8 billion|
|Competitors||BP (NYSE: BP )
Chevron (NYSE: CVX )
ConocoPhillips (NYSE: COP )
Sources: S&P Capital IQ and Motley Fool CAPS.
On CAPS, 94% of the 8,247 members who have rated Exxon believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bulls include All-Star TheMiracleDJR, who is ranked in the top 5% of our community, and LegendPhoenix.
Just last month, TheMiracleDJR touched on Exxon's sheer scale:
Any company that racks up tens of billions quarterly runs the entire world. They sure seem a hell of a lot better than BP overall. A true Monster of Greatness.
In fact, Exxon's three-year average return on equity of 22% easily tops that of BP (9%), as well as other oil and gas giants like Chevron (19%) and Conoco (-1%).
CAPS member LegendPhoenix elaborates on the bull case:
My target: a company that reliably pays a dividend, grows slowly but surely and will still be around when I'm ready to retire. ...
[T]hey are the largest publicly traded company in the world with a market cap of over $400B. When I was young and reckless I though investing in this type of behemoth was like betting on a dinosaur to live through the ice age. As the world's thirst for oil continues and the potential for natural gas grows, I am changing my tune for ExxonMobil.
Lately there has been a lot of exciting news about oil and gas companies spinning off their pipelines, e&p operations and refining capabilities; yet ExxonMobil quietly lumbers along, performing all the tasks to get oil from the well to the pump.
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