Based on the aggregated intelligence of 165,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, offshore contract driller Pride International (NYSE: PDE) has earned a respected four-star ranking.

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

Pride facts

Headquarters (founded)

Houston (1966)

Market Cap

$4.4 billion


Oil and gas drilling

Trailing-12-Month Revenue

$1.4 billion


CEO Louis Raspino Jr. (since 2005)

CFO Brian Voegele (since 2005)

Return on Equity (average, past 3 years)



$311 million / $1.2 billion


Diamond Offshore (NYSE: DO)

Transocean (NYSE: RIG)

Noble (NYSE: NE)

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

On CAPS, 98% of the 629 members who have rated Pride believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bulls include All-Stars metoo105 and Lordrobot, both of whom are ranked in the top 10% of our community.

Just last month, metoo105 explained why there's still some time to take some Pride:

A bit late on the call, but the price is still artificially low [because] of the drilling moratorium anyway. Also a great hedge against inflation. If inflation ticks up, oil prices should hold and that will also give rig operators pricing power.

As an oil and gas driller with an ever-increasing deepwater presence, Pride remains one of our community's highly-rated plays on BP's (NYSE: BP) Gulf of Mexico debacle. Although Pride lacks the deepwater experience and sheer scale of its bigger drilling brothers Transocean, Diamond Offshore, and even Noble, the stock's paltry forward P/E of 8.7 is just too tempting for several top Fools to ignore.

Just last month, for example, CAPS All-Star Lordrobot included Pride as an inexpensive bet on the expected soaring price of oil:

Analysts rarely get it right. There is a mad rush on to find new sources of oil. While BPs experience was harmed by rhetoric from empty headed US politicians, in retrospect, the spill caused very minimal damage comparative to its US media coverage. The result is that the US energy policy, not the world's energy policy has been disrupted. ...

Oil is the most valuable substance on earth. No civilized nation can do without it and it is the only road to economic prosperity. Thus, oil exploration and production will soar with the rising consumption. ...

The take home message, buy global oil and oil service companies. Oil is going over $100 a bbl in 12 months and it won't be coming back down ever again.

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Fool contributor Brian Pacampara owns no position in any of the companies mentioned. The Fool owns shares of Noble. True to its name, The Motley Fool is made up of a motley assortment of writers and analysts, each with a unique perspective; sometimes we agree, sometimes we disagree, but we all believe in the power of learning from each other through our Foolish community. The Fool's disclosure policy always gets a perfect score.