Based on the aggregated intelligence of 140,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, Italian oil and gas giant Eni (NYSE:E) has earned a respected four-star ranking.

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

Eni facts

Headquarters (Founded)

Rome, Italy (1953)

Market Cap

$90 billion

Industry

Integrated oil and gas

Trailing-12-Month Revenue

$139 billion

Management

CEO Paolo Scaroni (since 2005)

CFO Alessandro Bernini (since 2008)

Return on Equity (Average, Past 3 Years)

20.9%

Cash / Debt

$2.42 billion / $27.86 billion

Dividend Yield, Trailing

7.4%

Competitors

Total (NYSE:TOT)

ExxonMobil (NYSE:XOM)

CAPS Members Bullish on E Also Bullish on

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CAPS Members Bearish on E Also Bearish on

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

On CAPS, 96.4% of the 560 members who have rated Eni believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bulls include htownjester and pkt005a.

Three weeks ago, htownjester highlighted activist investor Knight Vinke's recent comments as a scintillating sign of value: "Corporate raider wants to break it up (WSJ). Commodities heading up as dollar retreats. Energy demand up. OPEC cuts. Time to once again drill for oil on the floor of the NYSE."

In a pitch from two days earlier, pkt005a expands on Eni as a steady way to make some foreign income:

Let's start with the basics: 7% Dividend with healthy growth and payout ratios, P/E of 7, 40% debt to equity. ... This is a major stable and reputable integrated foreign oil & gas play. Over time the price of oil will be rising, which will play out well for [Eni]. They own a few of their own rigs (through subsidiary Saipem), including some very high capability ones, which helps them control their exploration costs. ... May not be a rocket ride of a pick but it will be a long term producer of earnings and dividend.

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