Based on the aggregated intelligence of 115,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, exploration stage oil and gas company Oilsands Quest (AMEX:BQI) has earned a respected four-star ranking. While five-star stocks have been the best performers, our data has shown that four-star stocks still outshine the market by a significant margin and shouldn't be taken lightly; conversely, low-rated stocks have woefully lagged the market average.

With that in mind, let's take a closer look at Oilsands Quest's business, and see what CAPS investors are saying about the stock right now, especially considering that the stock is up today.

Oilsands Quest facts 

Headquarters (Founded)

Calgary, Canada (1998)

Market Cap

$631.3 million


Oil and Gas Exploration and Production


CEO Christopher Hopkins (since 2006)

CFO Karim Hirji (since 2004)

TTM Revenue


CAPS members bullish on BQI also bullish on

Chesapeake Energy (NYSE:CHK)

Transocean (NYSE:RIG)


CAPS members bearish on BQI also bearish on

Coeur d'Alene Mines (NYSE:CDE)

ExxonMobil (NYSE:XOM)

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

Over on CAPS, fully 89 of the 96 All-Star members who have rated Oilsands Quest -- some 93% -- believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward. These All-Star bulls include goldminingXpert and labrascashort, both of whom are ranked in the top 15% of our community.

Last week, goldminingXpert wrote that Oilsands Quest "is ready to go. Oil should find support at $100, the reserves here are immense, and Canada is a safe harbour with a currency situation favourable to [Oilsands Quest]."

An earlier pitch from labrascashort in July weighed the stock's pros and cons, reaching the same bullish conclusion. Here are several of the member's points:

Oilsands Quest owns / has rights on an ENORMOUS amount of land.
They have a RIDICULOUS amount of confirmed and potential reserves (billions of barrels)...
Demand for heavy crude oil is increasing, as light sweet crude supply become more scarce...

The company is currently not making any money.
The company will dish over most of their profit to whomever funds their operations.
The profit in oil sands relies heavily on high oil prices, because extracting / transporting heavy crude is extremely costly.

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Foolish contributor Brian Pacampara owns no position in any of the companies mentioned. Chesapeake Energy is an Inside Value recommendation. The Fool's disclosure policy always gets a perfect score.