Based on the aggregated intelligence of 180,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, oilfield services giant 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

$28.2 billion


Oil and gas equipment and services

Trailing-12-Month Revenue

$21.0 billion


Chairman/CEO Merrill Miller Jr.

President/COO Clay Williams

Return on Equity (average, past 3 years)



$2.4 billion / $4.4 billion

Dividend Yield




Weatherford International

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

On CAPS, 99% of the 4,021 members who have rated National Oilwell believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward.

Just last week, one of those Fools, keithelane, succinctly summed up the National Oilwell bull case for our community:

This is a long-term energy sector play. While in the short term NOV will go up and down with the fate of oil, over the long term the world will NEED the things that [National Oilwell] provides. Short-term volatility is our friend with NOV and I am going to be looking to add in the [inevitable] dips. ... With a P/E of roughly 11 after this drop and STRONG likelihood of long-term growth, this looks like a very attractive pick.

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