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

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

Exxon facts

Headquarters (Founded)

Irving, Texas (1870)

Market Cap

$399.7 billion


Integrated oil and gas

Trailing-12-Month Revenue

$426.3 billion


Chairman/CEO Rex Tillerson
CFO Donald Humphreys

Return on Equity (Average, Past 3 Years)



$13.1 billion / $12.4 billion

Dividend Yield




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

On CAPS, 94% of the 8,335 members who have rated Exxon believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward.

Just last week, one of those Fools, JohnStuartMill, succinctly summed up the Exxon bull case for our community:

At $86 per share, we have a 2.6% [dividend yield].Plenty of room for growth in the dividend with a 22% payout ratio and historically the company has increased its dividend every year for the past 30 years . Look for an increase in the dividend of about 8% every year. The P/E both forward and trailing seem reasonable (10.9 and 9.1). With oil at $86/barrel right now, the potential increase from here seems logical and likely. [ExxonMobil] will benefit.

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