Based on the aggregated intelligence of 180,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, South American oil giant Petroleo Brasileiro (NYSE:PBR) has earned a respected four-star ranking.

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

Petrobras facts



Headquarters (founded)

Rio de Janeiro (1953)

Market Cap

$105.3 billion


Integrated oil and gas

Trailing-12-Month Revenue

$138.2 billion


CEO Maria das Gracas Silva Foster (since 2012)

CFO Almir Guilherme Barbassa (since 2005)

Return on Equity (average, past 3 years)



$24.0 billion / $96.4 billion

Dividend Yield




Chevron (NYSE:CVX)

ExxonMobil (NYSE:XOM)

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

On CAPS, 98% of the 4,208 members who have rated Petrobras believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward.

Just yesterday, one of those Fools, walstam, tapped Petrobras as a particularly solid bargain opportunity:

Low price to book and relatively high operating margins positions this company for long-term growth. Government meddling may limit current upside but may also help long-term when political focus shifts from consumer protection to international competitiveness. Brazil is South America's long-term growth engine. Much of this growth will come from its natural resources.

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