Based on the aggregated intelligence of 140,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, energy transportation and storage company Kinder Morgan Energy Partners (NYSE:KMP) has earned a respected four-star ranking.

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

Kinder facts

Headquarters (Founded)

Houston (1992)

Market Cap

$14.8 billion

Industry

Oil and gas pipelines

Trailing-12-Month Revenue

$8.96 billion

Management

CEO Richard Kinder (since 1997)
CFO Kimberly Dang (since 2005)

Return on Equity (Average, Past Three Years)

22%

Cash/Debt

$102.5 million / $9.89 billion

Dividend Yield

8%

Competitors

Anadarko Petroleum (NYSE:APC)
Chevron (NYSE:CVX)
ConocoPhillips (NYSE:COP)

CAPS Members Bullish on KMP Also Bullish on

Chesapeake Energy (NYSE:CHK)
Johnson & Johnson (NYSE:JNJ)

CAPS Members Bearish on KMP Also Bearish on

Bank of America (NYSE:BAC)

Sources: Capital IQ (a division of Standard & Poor's) and Motley Fool CAPS.

On CAPS, 95.6% of the 1,055 members who have rated Kinder Morgan believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bulls include All-Star ikkyu2, who is ranked in the top 3% of our community, and poppycock2.

Just last month, ikkyu2 tapped the stock as a particularly natural selection: "A small [master limited partnership] owning [natural gas] and oil producing assets. Energy costs will go up as the economic recovery proceeds and by the time their hedges expire I expect the market prices to be much more favorable."

In a pitch from last week, poppycock2 kindly expands on Kinder:

This company is paid to move and store oil and natural gas. As long as there is demand for both products, you can expect steady earnings from this company. They are pretty much insulated from the volatile commodities they transport with their pipelines. New natural gas shale deposits will require new pipelines to get that product to the market, and that is exactly what [Kinder Morgan] has already begun to do. … Nice 8% dividend at current share price.

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Fool contributor Brian Pacampara owns no position in any of the companies mentioned. Johnson & Johnson is a Motley Fool Income Investor pick. Chesapeake is a selection of Inside Value, and the Fool owns shares of it. The Fool's disclosure policy always gets a perfect score.