Based on the aggregated intelligence of 170,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, utility company Pacific Gas & Electric Corp. (NYSE: PCG) has earned a respected four-star ranking.

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

PG&E facts

Headquarters (Founded)

San Francisco (1905)

Market Cap

$16.7 billion


Diversified utilities

Trailing-12-Month Revenue

$14 billion


Interim Chairman/Interim CEO C. Lee Cox

CFO Kent Harvey

Return on Equity (Average, Past 3 Years)



$240 million / $13.2 billion

Dividend Yield


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

On CAPS, 96% of the 295 members who have rated PG&E believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bulls include prophetofprofit7 and All-Star ikkyu2, who is ranked in the top 5% of our community.

A few months ago , prophetofprofit7 listed several of PG&E's positives:

-4.1% dividend yield
-keeps up with inflation
-compounded dividend dividend reinvestment = you rich

Currently, PG&E even sports a paltry price-to-cash flow of 4.2. That represents a discount to industry peers like Duke Energy (NYSE: DUK) (5.7), Progress Energy (NYSE: PGN) (5.8), and Southern (NYSE: SO) (7.9).

CAPS All-Star ikkyu2 expands on the PG&E outperform argument:

I am a captive PCG customer; they are a lightly "regulated" electric utility serving most of California with gas and electric service. Their ability to pass along their costs in terms of rate hikes has been untrammeled by any legislative interference, and recently they placed an initiative on the ballot that essentially prohibited entry to any competitor in their markets. This company rules, and no challenge to its authority is permitted.

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