Based on the aggregated intelligence of 170,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, Chinese oil and gas giant PetroChina (NYSE: PTR) has earned a respected four-star ranking.

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

PetroChina facts

   
Headquarters (Founded) Beijing (1988)
Market Cap $305.8 billion
Industry Integrated oil and gas
Trailing-12-Month Revenue $245.8 billion
Management Chairman/General Manager Jiemin Jiang
CFO Mingchun Zhou
Return on Equity (Average, Past 2 Years) 14.6%
Cash/Debt $18.4 billion / $39.5 billion
Dividend Yield 3.6%

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

On CAPS, 95% of the 1,768 members who have rated PetroChina believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bulls include adan04 and bartleyrc.

Just last month, adan04 succinctly summed up the PetroChina bull case: "[L]ow P/E cash fountain."

In fact, PetroChina currently sports a cheapish PEG ratio of 0.9. That represents a clear discount to global oil and gas giants such as ExxonMobil (NYSE: XOM) (1.5), ConocoPhillips (NYSE: COP) (1.7), and Total (NYSE: TOT) (2.3).

CAPS All-Star bartleyrc expands on the PetroChina outperform argument:

China is a petroleum-based economy and has a growing population of over one billion people who all want to drive cars and need oil for heating, plastics manufacturing and power generation. Management would have to commit some sort of cosmic cluster-snafu (i.e. anger the Chinese government and incur a regulatory crackdown) for this company to underperform the market. With that said, I think that this stock outperforming the market is all but a mathematical certitude for the next 5 years.

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