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

$71.5 billion

Industry

Integrated oil and gas

Trailing-12-Month Revenue

$24.2 billion

Management

CEO Stephen Chazen (since 2011)

CFO Cynthia Walker (since 2012)

Return on Equity (average, past 3 years)

15.3%

Cash / Debt

$3.8 billion / $7.6 billion

Dividend Yield

2.6%

Competitors

Anadarko Petroleum (NYSE:APC)

Chevron (NYSE:CVX)

Devon Energy (NYSE:DVN)

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

On CAPS, 97% of the 1,398 members who have rated Occidental believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward.

Just yesterday, one of those Fools, hend6, succinctly summed up the Occidental bull case for our community:

Very strong and consistent earnings, at 6%+ net income to gross revenues. Balance sheet is strong, too, with a significant asset-to-liabilities ratio. Share repurchases are continual over at least the past three years, showing internal confidence. A decent dividend yield, and a diversified business model. Should stay strong for a long time.

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