Based on the aggregated intelligence of 120,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, Chinese oil and gas giant CNOOC (NYSE:CEO) 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 CNOOC's business, and see what CAPS investors are saying about the stock right now.

CNOOC facts

Headquarters (Founded)

Central, Hong Kong (1982)

Market Cap

$34.93 billion


Independent oil and gas

TTM Revenue

$17.18 billion


CEO Chengyu Fu (since 2003)
CFO Hua Yang (since 2005)

Return on Capital (average last three years)


Dividend Yield



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

Over on CAPS, fully 1,083 of the 1,120 members who have rated CNOOC -- some 97% -- believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bulls include crichton1 and pjani06.

Four weeks ago, crichton1 had these bullish things to say about CNOOC: "good entry point for a Chinese oil company at 50% off, Chinese govt support is more effective with real cash as opposed to borrowed money in the US."

A more recent pitch from pjani06 two weeks later agreed, highlighting CNOOC as a stock that passes several screens for bullishness:

[B]oasts a GREAT dividend yield, paid out less than half of earnings to dividends, LOW DEBT, decent quick ratio (plenty of cash), ownership isn't fully loaded with institutions, great P/E, and great price to cash flow ratios.

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