Based on the aggregated intelligence of 160,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, oil and gas behemoth ExxonMobil (NYSE: XOM) has earned a respected four-star ranking.

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

Exxon facts

Headquarters (Founded)

Irving, Texas (1870)

Market Cap

$314 billion


Integrated oil and gas

Trailing-12-Month Revenue

$277 billion


CEO Rex Tillerson (since 2006)
CFO Donald Humphreys (since 2006)

Return on Equity (Average, Past 3 Years)


Cash / Debt

$10.86 billion / $9.2 billion

Dividend Yield



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

On CAPS, 93% of the 7,157 members who have rated Exxon believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bulls include WECpoker and All-Star mrindependent, who is ranked in the top 1% of our community.

Last week, WECpoker singled out Exxon as a super-slick selection:

This stock is well-known to underperform during times of rising oil prices and holding its price well during declining oil prices. As oil prices have moved higher and seem likely to go higher still on a world-wide recovery, I have noticed that Exxon's forward PE is a measly 9.2. I also love the [XTO Energy (NYSE: XTO)] merger, so I am on this for the long haul.

In a pitch from two days ago, mrindependent expands on that bullish line of thinking:

Looking for oil and gas plays to add to portfolio in anticipation of longterm commodities inflation. Exxon obviously fits the profile. Now seems like a reasonable time to buy considering that the company is selling near its 52 week low. The current p/bv ratio is 2.9 compared to a longterm average p/bv of 3.5. The current p/e ratio is above average because earnings are at a low ebb. Current dividend yield is 2.55 and the company has adequate earnings and cash to maintain.

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Fool contributor Brian Pacampara owns no position in any of the companies mentioned. Total and Petrobras are Motley Fool Income Investor picks. The Fool owns shares of XTO. The Fool's disclosure policy always gets a perfect score.