Based on the aggregated intelligence of 145,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, oilfield service specialist Baker Hughes (NYSE:BHI) has earned a coveted five-star ranking.

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

Baker Hughes facts

Headquarters (Founded)

Houston (1972)

Market Cap

$14.45 billion


Oil and gas equipment and services

Trailing-12-Month Revenue

$10.42 billion


CEO Chad Deaton
CFO Peter Ragauss

Return on Equity (Average, Past 3 Years)


Cash / Debt

$1.5 billion / $1.8 billion

Dividend Yield



Halliburton (NYSE:HAL)
Schlumberger (NYSE:SLB)

CAPS Members Bullish on BHI Also Bullish on

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

CAPS Members Bearish on BHI Also Bearish on

Goldman Sachs (NYSE:GS) (NASDAQ:AMZN)

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

On CAPS, 96% of the 1,111 members who have rated Baker Hughes believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bulls include tycoon2010 and Geramco.

Last month, tycoon2010 tapped Baker Hughes as a slick opportunity:

Merger with BJ Services, increasing demand for natural gas drilling and oil-well "fracking". Consistently higher earnings. Low P/E, P/CF, P/S, & P/B compared to [Schlumberger] & [Halliburton] (which most likely indicates that the price of [Baker Hughes] stock is under-valued compared to the industry).

In a pitch from two weeks ago, Geramco drilled down even further:

Consider the Rig Count published by [Baker Hughes] every week. The cold weather depletes a lot of gas in storage. Drilling activity is going up. Depletion rates of gas wells accelerate. New production is increasingly harder to develop. Renewable energy only accounts for a tiny fraction of our energy needs and will stay there for years to come. It looks like the economy is picking up steam. All this combined with an undervalued price makes [Baker Hughes] a more than sure winner for 2010.

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Fool contributor Brian Pacampara owns no position in any of the companies mentioned. Amazon is a Motley Fool Stock Advisor selection. Chesapeake Energy is a choice of Inside Value, and the Fool owns shares of it. The Fool's disclosure policy always gets a perfect score.