Based on the aggregated intelligence of 145,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, independent oil refiner Western Refining (NYSE:WNR) has earned a coveted five-star ranking.

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

Western Refining facts


El Paso, Texas

Market Cap

$424.2 million


Oil and gas refining and marketing

Trailing-12-Month Revenue

$6.5 billion


CEO Paul Foster (since 2000)
CFO Gary Dalke (since 2005)

Return on Capital (Average, Past 3 Years)



$65 million / $1.1 billion


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

On CAPS, 95% of the 1,015 members who have rated Western Refining believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bulls include FreeMortal and All-Star jamespeer, who is ranked in the top 5% of our community.

Last week, FreeMortal offered Fools a rather refined look at Western Refining:

Stellar upside. Still risky. Insider buys. Priced at half [book value]. Fundamentals don't seem that bad --not that they are great. The business appears to have a working engine in need of an alternator. Downside would be liquidation but since price is at half book already, there's still a chance to recover all your investment or more.

In a pitch from just yesterday, jamespeer also helped weigh the stock's pros and cons:

I expect this company to outperform as this global economic recovery begins to pick up. … This is a highly rated stock with an attractively low P/E but there are a few things in their financials which do cause me some concern e.g. their low profit margins, low cash on hand, and negative cash flow.

However, I do expect this company to return to profitability by Q1 2010 at the latest, and at this price, considering the revenues they generate, I think this is a safe bet to outperform the S&P over the next year or more.

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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.