Based on the aggregated intelligence of 170,000-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

$311.6 billion


Integrated oil and gas

Trailing-12-Month Revenue

$317.9 billion


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

Return on Equity (Average, Past 3 Years)



$13.3 billion / $20.4 billion

Dividend Yield



Chevron (NYSE: CVX)
ConocoPhillips (NYSE: COP)
Total (NYSE: TOT)

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

On CAPS, 94% of the 7,748 members who have rated Exxon believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bulls include All-Star XpXp, who is ranked in the top 1% of our community, and ShonkaNation.

Just last month, XpXp highlighted Exxon as a particularly slick pick: "A combination of good earnings, improving refining margins, higher oil prices, attractive valuation, solid management, and the potential to acquire BP assets on the cheap make [Exxon] a likely candidate to outperform."

Exxon's superior operational performance, coupled with a relatively weak stock price, continue to draw several Fools toward the stock. Thanks to its sheer scale and laser-like focus on efficiency, Exxon's returns on equity are consistently higher than those of its fellow supermajors: Total, Conoco, Chevron, and the embattled BP. However, over the past three months, shares of Exxon have lagged each one of those rivals, and they currently trade at a cheapish forward P/E of 9.

With Exxon posting an 85% earnings surge in the most recent quarter, CAPS members like ShonkaNation think the opportunity is just too attractive to pass up:

Powerhouse company with a nice balance sheet with lots of free cash flow. I believe their stock is taking a beating due to the bad publicity of BP and their stock has taken some of the hit because they are in the same industry. Stock has been beaten down over the past couple months and they just posted great profits. Industry as a whole has done well the past quarter with the rise of oil. Continue to see that path and [Exxon] to turn out profits. ... Great stock at a nice discount. Scoop it up and hold!

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