Based on the aggregated intelligence of 125,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, Norwegian oil giant StatoilHydro (NYSE:STO) has earned a coveted five-star ranking.

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

Statoil facts

Headquarters (founded)

Stavanger, Norway (1972)

Market Cap

$54.87 billion


Integrated oil and gas

TTM Revenue

$93.64 billion


CEO Helge Lund (since 2007)
CFO Eldar Saetre (since 2004)

Return on Equity (average, last three years)


Dividend Yield



Chevron (NYSE:CVX)
ConocoPhillips (NYSE:COP)

CAPS members bullish on STO also bullish on:

Chesapeake Energy (NYSE:CHK)
Transocean (NYSE:RIG)

CAPS members bearish on STO also bearish on:

ExxonMobil (NYSE:XOM)
General Motors (NYSE:GM)

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

Over on CAPS, 183 of the 188 All-Star members who have rated Statoil -- or 97% -- believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bulls include Alex1453 and sethsimon.

Three days ago, Alex1453 wrote that Statoil "has all the markings of a winner, including location, demand, and opportunity."

In a pitch from December, sethsimon cites Statoil's potent partnership with another Foolish favorite as the main reason to buy in:

Norwegian oil company StatoilHydro recently partnered up with Chesapeake Energy, buying a stake in its Marcellus Shale project. The deal grants StatoilHydro access to a huge amount of land and the experience of Chesapeake's drilling and completion techniques, allowing the two companies to grow together.

As a backstop to diminishing growth opportunities, Statoil Chief Executive Helge Lund committed to a focus on capital discipline and controlling costs to weather the energy industry's downturn.

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