Based on the aggregated intelligence of 125,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, oil and gas shipper Tsakos Energy Navigation (NYSE:TNP) has earned a coveted five-star ranking.

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

Tsakos facts

Headquarters (founded)

Athens, Greece (1993)

Market Cap

$695.23 million


Oil and Gas Storage and Transportation

TTM Revenue

$597.93 million


President/CEO Nikolas Tsakos

CFO Paul Durham

TTM Return on Equity


Dividend Yield



Frontline (NYSE:FRO),

General Maritime (NYSE:GMR)

CAPS members bullish on TNP also bullish on:

Chesapeake Energy (NYSE:CHK),

Freeport-McMoRan (NYSE:FCX)

CAPS members bearish on TNP also bearish on:

General Motors (NYSE:GM),

Excel Maritime Carriers (NYSE:EXM)

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

Over on CAPS, 696 of the 710 members who have rated Tsakos -- or 98% -- believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bulls include SkinInvest and dazzlingdave.

Two weeks ago, SkinInvest tapped Tsakos as an income payer worth researching:

Not only is there a nice dividend here, but the payout ratio indicates that they could increase it by quite a bit in the future as well. Even if they hold onto those profits, they will have some nice cash on hand to survive this dip in oil prices.

In a pitch from earlier in the month, dazzlingdave also dazzles at those seemingly dynamic dividends:

[Tsakos Energy] looks like it has an excellent, reasonably well-protected dividend. It appears to be a well-capitalized, competitive oil-tanker carrier. The upside appears to be huge, with the downside protected by the dividend, decent (not great) expected earnings for 2009, and the fact that the need to move oil globally is only going to grow over the next decade, alternative energy notwithstanding.

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