Based on the aggregated intelligence of 180,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, power plant operator NRG Energy (NYSE:NRG) has earned a respected four-star ranking.

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

NRG facts

Headquarters (founded)

Princeton, N.J.

Market Cap

$4.9 billion

Industry

Independent power producers

Trailing-12-Month Revenue

$8.8 billion

Management

CEO David Crane (since 2003)

CFO Kirkland Andrews (since 2011)

Return on Equity (average, past 3 years)

4.2%

Cash/Debt

$1.2 billion / $10.7 billion

Dividend Yield

1.7%

Competitors

AES (NYSE:AES)

Calpine (NYSE: CPN)

GenOn Energy (NYSE: GEN)

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

On CAPS, 97% of the 890 members who have rated NRG believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward.

About a month ago, one of those Fools, All-Star BlacknGold, succinctly summed up the NRG bull case for our community:

This one is super-duper undervalued. ... The merger with GenOn will only create more value due to synergies (which almost never actually pan out long term) and new market infiltration. NRG is an innovative company that has a huge potential to break the renewable/green energy generation industry wide-open.

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