Based on the aggregated intelligence of 135,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, oil and gas producer Anadarko Petroleum (NYSE:APC) has earned a coveted five-star ranking.  

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

Anadarko facts


The Woodlands, Texas (1959)

Market Cap

$22 billion


Independent oil and gas

Trailing-12-Month Revenue

$13.17 billion


CEO James Hackett (Since December 2003), CFO Robert Gwin (Since March 2009)

Return on Equity (Average, Past Three Years)



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CAPS Members Bullish on APC Also Bullish on:


CAPS Members Bearish on APC Also Bearish on:

Freeport-McMoRan (NYSE:FCX), Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT)

Sources: Capital IQ (a division of Standard & Poor's) and Motley Fool CAPS. 

On CAPS, 430 of the 438 All-Star members who have rated Anadarko -- 98% -- believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bulls include All-Stars TSIF and kkconway, both of whom are ranked in the top 10% of our community.

Last month, TSIF wrote that Anadarko "has a strong balance sheet, good cash flow, reasonable P/E, strong margins, strong [year-over-year] growth, and is diversified in several key areas."

In a pitch from one week later, kkconway elaborated on the stock as an obvious selection to capitalize on a big natural gas play:

Marcellus Shale -- 'nuff said. [Anadarko] now has the cash to exploit some of the one trillion plus cubic feet of gaseous "gold" (natural gas) in the Appalachian foothills. Almost all of West Virginia, and half of Pennsylvania and Ohio are sitting on top of Devonian shale that has gas for many years of high output thanks to new, affordable extraction technology.

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