Based on the aggregated intelligence of 130,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, oil and gas producer and refiner Murphy Oil (NYSE:MUR) has earned a coveted five-star ranking.

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

Murphy facts

Headquarters (founded)

El Dorado, Arkansas (1950)

Market Cap

$8.41 billion


Integrated Oil and Gas

Trailing-12-Month Revenue

$27.48 billion


CEO David Wood (since January 2009)

CFO Kevin Fitzgerald (since January 2007)

Return on Equity (average, last three years)


Dividend Yield



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Sources: Capital IQ, a division of Standard & Poor's, Yahoo! Finance, and Motley Fool CAPS.

Over on CAPS, fully 412 of the 423 members who have rated Murphy -- some 97% -- believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bulls include All-Star SpartanMAC and joeps3.

Two weeks ago, SpartanMAC noted that Murphy was a "magical" opportunity:

PE is at 5, while [TTM] ROE is above 25%. Annualized average projected EPS growth is in the double digits, and past book value growth backs that up. Insiders own over 7% of the stock. Part of Greenblatt strategy.

In a pitch from last month, joeps3 provides even more ratios to back up the bull case:

Murphy Oil Company has a debt/equity ratio of .16.... Murphy's income growth in the past 12 months is 127%.... Its P/E ratio is 5.2. This information isn't flashy or exciting, but shows definite signs of a very strong company with a good growth percentage. Great time to invest in a stock of a financially-strong company caught in a recession.

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Fool contributor Brian Pacampara owns no position in any of the companies mentioned. The Fool's disclosure policy always gets a perfect score.