Based on the aggregated intelligence of 125,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, South American oil giant Petroleo Brasileiro (NYSE:PBR) has earned a coveted five-star ranking.

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

Petrobras facts

Headquarters (founded)

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (1953)

Market Cap

$132.62 billion


Integrated oil and gas

TTM Revenue

$111.4 billion


CEO Jose Sergio Gabrielli (since 2005)
CFO Almir Guilherme Barbassa (since 2005)

Return on Equity (average, last three years)



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CAPS members bullish on PBR also bullish on:

Transocean (NYSE:RIG)

CAPS members bearish on PBR also bearish on:

PotashCorp (NYSE:POT)
General Motors (NYSE:GM)

Sources: Capital IQ (a division of Standard & Poor's), and Motley Fool CAPS. TTM = trailing 12 months.

Over on CAPS, 3,475 of the 3,538 members who have rated Petrobras -- or 98% -- believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bulls include CAPS All-Star Ayax2006, who is ranked in the top 1% of our community, and djemonk.

Last week, Ayax2006 tapped Petrobras as an ideal turnaround play: "This Brazilian oil company with large reserves and important recent discoveries will easily outperform the market in the coming years, as the oil price and Brazil recover."

In an earlier pitch from December, djemonk expands on that bullish line of thinking:

Great margins, industry leader in offshore drilling and application of technology, growing market, strong government support. Petrobras is inherently ingrained in the psyche of many Brazilians through ever present gas stations, film and TV subsidies, and the fact that this is the company that put Brazil on the global arena, which contributes to its economic moat. The Brazilian Real is also currently [in my opinion] undervalued and should rebound strongly, so investing dollars into PBR should pay off when the exchange rate starts to favor the Real again.

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Fool contributor Brian Pacampara owns no position in any of the companies mentioned. Petrobras is a Motley Fool Income Investor pick. The Fool's disclosure policy always gets a perfect score.