Based on the aggregated intelligence of 120,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, oil and gas company Linn Energy (NASDAQ:LINE) 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 Linn Energy's business, and see what CAPS investors are saying about the stock right now.

Linn facts

Headquarters (founded)

Milpitas, Calif. (1981)

Market Cap

$1.7 billion


Independent oil and gas

TTM Revenue

$895.1 million


Founder/CEO Michael Linn
CFO Kolja Rockov

Return on Capital (average last three years)


Dividend Yield



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CAPS members bullish on LINE also bullish on

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CAPS members bearish on LINE also bearish on

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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 347 of the 361 members who have rated Linn -- some 96% -- believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bulls include CAPS All-Star aracer and HidalgoTradingCo.

Late last month, aracer kept the bull case short and sweet: "Good company with good yield. $100M buyback in effect."

A pitch from HidalgoTradingCo just a day earlier shares that bullish attitude, citing Linn's aggressive hedging strategy and high yield as the main reasons to feel safe:

They have oil locked in at $90 for the next two years. Nat Gas at over 8.40 for three. They pay a div of 17%. What a Safe place for your money and make more dough here then in any money market etc. Buy something that pays you more IF it goes down. I believe we are headed back to $20 a share however.

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