Based on the aggregated intelligence of 115,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, oil and gas producer Apache (NYSE:APA) has earned a coveted five-star ranking. Our data has shown that five-star stocks outperform the market by a significant margin; conversely, one-star stocks have woefully lagged the market average.

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

Apache facts

Headquarters (Founded)

Houston, Texas (1954)

Market Cap

$35.65 billion

Industry

Independent oil and gas

TTM Revenue

$12.58 billion

Management

CEO G. Steven Farris (since 2002)
CFO Roger Plank (since 2000)

Return on Equity (average last three years)

24%

Competitors

Anadarko Petroleum (NYSE:APC)
EnCana (NYSE:ECA)

CAPS members bullish on APA also bullish on

Chesapeake Energy (NYSE:CHK)
Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold (NYSE:FCX)

CAPS members bearish on APA also bearish on

ExxonMobil (NYSE:XOM)
Chevron (NYSE:CVX)

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

Over on CAPS, fully 329 of the 344 All-Star members who have rated Apache -- some 96% -- believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward. These All-Star bulls include GS751 and TheGarcipian, both of whom are ranked in the top 10% of our community.

In April, GS751 reminded our community:

About 70% of Apache's reserves are in North America. This eliminates political risk. NA reserves are usually older and harder to get but apache is a low cost producer which is nice. ... If Oil stays above $90 a barrel [Apache] should do well.

In a more recent pitch, from June, TheGarcipian shared that bullish sentiment, pointing out some of the stock's bargain-like ratios (which happen to be even cheaper today):

An oil-n-gas sector play, this stock should be a winner for some time to come. Given the present investing climate of rising oil prices and seemingly insatiable demand for oil, I think this stock, with its very fair PEG ratio of 1.09 and an incredibly low EnterpriseValue-to-EBITDA ratio of only 6, is a bargain right now....

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