Based on the aggregated intelligence of 180,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, oil and gas explorer Energy XXI (Nasdaq: EXXI) has earned a respected four-star ranking.

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

Energy XXI facts

Headquarters (founded) Hamilton, Bermuda (2005)
Market Cap $2.3 billion
Industry Oil and gas exploration and production
Trailing-12-Month Revenue $1.2 billion
Management Chairman/CEO John Schiller, Jr.
CFO David Griffin
Return on Equity (average, past 3 years) 11.2%
Cash/Debt $91.7 million / $1.0 billion
Dividend Yield 1%
Competitors Denbury Resources
Newfield Exploration
Petsec Energy

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

On CAPS, 94% of the 201 members who have rated Energy XXI believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward.

Just yesterday, one of those Fools, RSue, helped bring the opportunity to our community's attention:

This is a young technologically advanced and business-savvy domestic oil and gas exploration and production company that has a two-prong strategy offering potential game-changing upside profitability. This involves economically acquiring and exploiting old Gulf of Mexico on-shore and shallow-water ultra-deep shelf wells, as well as further exploring these legacy properties with advanced seismic technologies to find and bring-up vast amounts of additional oil and gas reserves still trapped in the wells. The wells are accessible by the ground unlike deep-water properties, and the blow-out preventers are above-ground. This allows for more safely and more economically drilling for these vast reserves -- providing the opportunity potentially large upside profitability.

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