Based on the aggregated intelligence of 125,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, oil and gas equipment provider Lufkin Industries (NASDAQ:LUFK) has earned a coveted five-star ranking.

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

Lufkin facts

Headquarters (founded)

Lufkin, Texas (1902)

Market Cap

$506.7 million


Oil and Gas Equipment and Services

TTM Revenue

$741.2 million


CEO John Glick (since 2008)

CFO Christopher Boone (since 2008)

Return on Equity (average, last three years)


Dividend Yield



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CAPS members bullish on LUFK also bullish on:

Chesapeake Energy (NYSE:CHK)


CAPS members bearish on LUFK also bearish on:

Terra Industries (NYSE:TRA)


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

Over on CAPS, 639 of the 655 members who have rated Lufkin -- or 98% -- believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bulls include SkinInvest and TSIF.

Last month, SkinInvest tapped Lufkin as an oily turnaround play: "Another example of a company selling for a rock-bottom price. Oil prices will rise again and when they do, [Lufkin's] sales will go through the roof."

In a pitch from two weeks ago, TSIF shares that contrarian attitude:

The Power Transmission and Highway trailers are Obama plays and the oil field pumping units, (which they transport and refurbish), will not go completely out of "style". Possbily because of its tie to oil Lufkin is sporting some darn good P/E, and is trading near a 3 year low. Granted it appreciated at an unreal rate in 2008 with oil prices and got well out of it's real trading range, but it should have good support even with low oil in the high $40 range in even a weak economy. … NO debt, some cash on hand. If they can keep things under control for a few more quarters their plus 10% margins and 20% ROE should hold them in good shape.

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