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 Occidental Petroleum (NYSE:OXY) has earned a respected four-star ranking.

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

Occidental facts

Headquarters (Founded)

Los Angeles (1920)

Market Cap

$61.2 billion


Integrated oil and gas

Trailing-12-Month Revenue

$24.0 billion


CEO Stephen Chazen (since May 2011)
CFO Cynthia Walker (since August 2012)

Return on Equity (Average, Past 3 Years)



$3.8 billion / $7.6 billion

Dividend Yield



Anadarko Petroleum (NYSE:APC)
Devon Energy

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

On CAPS, 97% of the 1,390 members who have rated Occidental believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward.

Earlier this week, one of those bulls, DLester78, succinctly summed up the Occidental bull case for our community:

I like the [$73] price point for these guys but they are close at [$75]. I am a fan of the low P/E, a dividend achiever, growth when others seem to shrink. I also like the chemical component. Boring plodder but should do well as economies get stronger.

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