Based on the aggregated intelligence of 180,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, oil and gas giant Chevron (NYSE: CVX) has earned a coveted five-star ranking.

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

Chevron facts

Headquarters (founded) San Ramon, Calif. (1879)
Market Cap $230.6 billion
Industry Integrated oil and gas
Trailing-12-Month Revenue $230.6 billion
Management Chairman/CEO John Watson
CFO Patricia Yarrington
Return on Equity (average, past 3 years) 20.3%
Cash/Debt $21.5 billion / $10.3 billion
Dividend Yield 3.1%
Competitors BP
ExxonMobil
Royal Dutch Shell

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

On CAPS, 95% of the 341 of the members who have rated Chevron believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward.

Just last week, one of those Fools, adilimani, succinctly summed up the Chevron bull case for our community: "Undervalued stock due to bad economy and low oil prices. However, they are so diversified and are a part of almost every single market related to energy, oil, transportation, purification etc. Good dividend too."

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