Based on the aggregated intelligence of 120,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, oil-field contractor Baker Hughes (NYSE:BHI) 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 Baker Hughes' business and see what CAPS investors are saying about the stock right now.

Baker Hughes facts

Headquarters (Founded)

Houston, Texas (1972)

Market Cap

$10.8 billion


Oil & Gas Equipment & Services

TTM Revenue

$11.4 billion


CEO Chad Deaton

CFO Peter Ragauss

Return on Capital (average last three years)



Halliburton (NYSE:HAL),

Weatherford International (NYSE:WFT)

CAPS members bullish on BHI also bullish on

Schlumberger (NYSE:SLB),

Transocean (NYSE:RIG)

CAPS members bearish on BHI also bearish on

Goldman Sachs (NYSE:GS),

Harley-Davidson (NYSE:HOG)

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

Over on CAPS, fully 172 of the 178 All-Star members who have rated Baker Hughes -- some 97% -- believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward. These Foolish bulls include TDRH and MintCoin, both of whom are ranked in the top 1% of our community.

In late September, TDRH took a positive attitude toward the stock: "Consumption may be down some, but the rig count is high with long term contracts. Strong backlog in place, good place to ride out the storm."

A pitch from MintCoin three days ago follows that bullish line of thinking, tapping Baker Hughes as a tasty turnaround situation:

Weak demand in specific locations right now but oil svs will beat the index in the next year or two. Being that it was up on the index by about 20% and is now down about 35% (and the PE is less than 7) the risk/reward is favorable.

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Fool contributor Brian Pacampara owns no position in any of the companies mentioned. The Fool's disclosure policy always gets a perfect score.