Based on the aggregated intelligence of 115,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, oil and gas company Petrohawk Energy (NYSE:HK) 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 Petrohawk Energy's business and see what CAPS investors are saying about the stock right now.

Petrohawk Energy facts 

Headquarters (Founded)

Houston (1997)

Market Cap

$5.40 billion

Industry

Independent Oil and Gas

TTM Revenue

$960.25 million

Management

CEO Floyd Wilson (since 2003)

CFO Mark Mize (since 2007)

Return on Capital (average last three years)

7.2%

Competitors

Southwestern Energy (NYSE:SWN),

Brigham Exploration (NASDAQ:BEXP)

CAPS members bullish on HK also bullish on

Chesapeake Energy (NYSE:CHK),

Transocean (NYSE:RIG)

CAPS members bearish on HK also bearish on

Comstock Resources (NYSE:CRK),

Goodrich Petroleum (NYSE:GDP)

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

Over on CAPS, 1,021 of the 1,055 CAPS members who have rated Petrohawk Energy -- some 97% -- believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward. These Foolish bulls include kcknop and Kokubu.

In May, kcknop wrote that Petrohawk Energy "has a solid management team that knows what they are doing. Oil and Gas pricing continues to rise and Petrohawk continues to find large quantities of proven reserves in new areas."

An earlier pitch from Kokubu in February follows that line of thinking, highlighting the company as a tantalizing takeover candidate:

A quiet nobody whose senior staff has successful experience and history of building up their companies (w/ intention of selling), have watched this company progressively increase successful [drilling] of new reserves and selling off excess property that hasn't proven as rich as others in reserves. ...

Still a chance that management is preparing this company for selling to larger operation.

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