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

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

Occidental Petroleum facts

Headquarters (founded)

Los Angeles, California (1920)

Market Cap

$44.9 billion


Integrated Oil and Gas

TTM Revenue

$24.22 billion


Chairman/CEO Ray Irani (since 1990)

CFO Stephen Chazen (since 1999)

Return on Equity (average, last three years)


Dividend Yield



Apache (NYSE:APA)

ConocoPhillips (NYSE:COP)

Devon Energy (NYSE:DVN)

CAPS members bullish on OXY also bullish on:

Chesapeake Energy (NYSE:CHK)

CAPS members bearish on OXY also bearish on:

Chevron (NYSE:CVX)

Exxon Mobil (NYSE:XOM)

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

Over on CAPS, 318 of the 326 All-Star members who have rated Occidental -- or 98% -- believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bulls include DaretothREdux and BSHumphreyII, both of whom are ranked in the top 5% of our community.

Last month, DaretothREdux tapped Occidental as a good way to pick oil's bottom: "Manageable debt and a good P/E in a market where oil has little room left to drop."

In a pitch from later in the month, BSHumphreyII expands on that energetic reasoning:

Big growth, good investment returns, manageable debt, and a decent amount of cash are all key in this environment. Their new contract with Bahrain should help keep their production costs low. Oil is still volatile, but seems to be channeling upward, and I think gas is even more undervalued right now. I also like the chemical exposure; chemical stocks have been performing relatively well lately.

In all, I think Occidental, like other oil stocks with big gas exposure (such as [ConocoPhillips]), is undervalued and will outperform the sector, to say nothing of the S&P, as oil and gas prices recover.

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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.