Based on the aggregated intelligence of 170,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, oilfield service specialist Baker Hughes (NYSE: BHI) has earned a respected four-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 $29.67 billion
Industry Oil and gas equipment and services
Trailing-12-Month Revenue $14.41 billion
Management

Chairman/CEO Chadwick Deaton

CFO Peter Ragauss

Return on Equity (Average, Past 3 Years) 12.8%
Cash/Debt $1.71 billion / $3.88 billion
Dividend Yield 0.9%
Competitors

Halliburton (NYSE: HAL)

Schlumberger (NYSE: SLB)

Weatherford International (NYSE: WFT)

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

On CAPS, 96% of the 1,083 members who have rated Baker Hughes believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bulls include wil3714 and Bigrog72.

Late last year, wil3714 brought Baker Hughes' bright prospects to our community's attention: "BHI provides great earnings & revenue growth yoy, offering great outlook & multiple for coming year, rising oil prices make Baker Hughes a good long-term play."

Over the next five years, in fact, Baker Hughes is expected to grow its bottom line at a brisk pace of 25.9% annually. That's faster than main competitors Halliburton (19.5%), Schlumberger (22.3%), and Weatherford (16%).

CAPS member Bigrog72 elaborates on the bull case:

Oil service company that has been rising the past couple months. Wish I bought more amid the gulf oil spill crisis. Larger player in this space with diversified contracts. Should do very well with uplift for oil production demands given the current middle east uncertainty.

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Fool contributor Brian Pacampara owns no position in any of the companies mentioned. The Fool owns shares of Schlumberger. Try any of our Foolish newsletter services free for 30 days.

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