Based on the aggregated intelligence of 180,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, oilfield services specialist National Oilwell Varco (NYSE:NOV) has earned a coveted five-star ranking.

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

National Oilwell facts

Headquarters (Founded)

Houston (1862)

Market Cap

$29.0 billion

Industry

Oil and gas equipment and services

Trailing-12-Month Revenue

$20.0 billion

Management

Chairman/CEO Merrill Miller Jr.
President/COO Clay Williams

Return on Equity (Average, Past 3 Years)

11.9%

Cash/Debt

$3.3 billion / $3.2 billion

Dividend Yield

0.8%

Competitors

McDermott International (NYSE:MDR)
Halliburton
(NYSE:HAL)
Weatherford International
(NYSE:WFT)

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

On CAPS, 99% of the 3,877 members who have rated National Oilwell believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward.

Earlier this week, one of those bulls, FoolishErik, succinctly summed up the outperform case for our community:

[National Oilwell] is in the sweet spot for an acceleration of worldwide energy use as major populations rise into middle class prosperity. They serve both traditional oil and a surging natural gas boom. They have enormous, market-leading product breadth which is increasing with continued small but savvy acquisitions as their industry slowly consolidates.

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