Based on the aggregated intelligence of 180,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, natural gas transporter MarkWest Energy Partners (NYSE: MWE) has earned a respected four-star ranking.

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

MarkWest facts

Headquarters (Founded) Denver (1988)
Market Cap $5.7 billion
Industry Oil and gas storage and transportation
Trailing-12-Month Revenue $1.6 billion
Management Chairman/CEO Frank Semple
CFO Nancy Buese
Return on Equity (Average, Past 3 Years) 4.1%
Cash/Debt $350.6 million / $1.8 billion
Dividend Yield 5.7%

Sources: S&P Capital IQ and Motley Fool CAPS.

On CAPS, 95% of the 391 members who have rated MarkWest believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward.  

Earlier this week, one of those bulls, All-Star latimerburned, succinctly summed up the bull case for our community:

Interesting emerging Marcellus/Utica assets to go with a diverse base with assets in the Southwest and Gulf Coast. Lots of growth on the horizon and solid financials. Solid distributions with a good payout ratio.

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