Based on the aggregated intelligence of 165,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, oil and gas giant Chevron (NYSE: CVX) has earned a respected four-star ranking.

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

Chevron facts

Headquarters (founded)

San Ramon, Calif. (1879)

Market Cap

$148.9 billion

Industry

Integrated oil and gas

Trailing-12-Month Revenue

$182.45 billion

Management

CEO John Watson (since January 2010)
CFO Patricia Yarrington (since January 2009)

Return on Equity (average, past 3 years)

20.8%

Cash/Debt

$13.2 billion / $10.5 billion

Dividend Yield

3.9%

Competitors

BP (NYSE: BP)
ExxonMobil (NYSE: XOM)
ConocoPhillips (NYSE: COP)

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

On CAPS, 96% of the 3,525 members who have rated Chevron believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bulls include robotbugs and All-Star TrojanFan.

Earlier this month, robotbugs tapped Chevron as a surprisingly alternative selection: 

You should think of Chevron as chemical engineering power house. They will make money from rising [oil prices] and adapt to convert any carbon source they can into chemicals and fuels. ... Of the oil companies, Chevron is particularly adaptive.

Along with embattled BP and France's Total (NYSE: TOT), Chevron has certainly been one of the more active oil behemoths in the renewable energy space. In fact, Chevron is nation's top installer of solar energy systems for education institutions, and the world's largest geothermal energy producer. More importantly, with a lower use of leverage than majors Exxon, Conoco, and BP, Chevron also seems like a relatively safe way to play.

CAPS All-Star TrojanFan elaborates:

Stellar balance sheet. Net Long Term Debt (net of cash holdings) is effectively zero which gives them great financial flexibility to deal with a period of higher then normal industry uncertainty both in terms of political/regulatory risks and end user demand. This company has some serious financial shock absorbers to deal with the unexpected. ...

They have a strong history of rewarding shareholders with consistent dividend increases at a reasonable and sustainable dividend growth rate which I fully expect to continue. ...

Great huge company with vast financial resources in an out of favor industry, reasonable valuation, strong initial current yield with high prospect for dividend growth. These are pretty much all of the things I look for in a decent long-term investment.

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