Based on the aggregated intelligence of 180,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, integrated energy company Hess (NYSE:HES) has earned a respected four-star ranking.

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

Hess facts

Headquarters (founded)

New York (1920)

Market Cap

$25.6 billion

Industry

Integrated oil and gas

Trailing-12-Month Revenue

$39.6 billion

Management

Chairman/CEO John Hess

CFO John Rielly

Return on Equity (average, past 3 years)

13.2%

Cash/Debt

$725 million / $5.8 billion

Dividend Yield

0.5%

Competitors

BP
ConocoPhillips
ExxonMobil

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

On CAPS, 96% of the 976 members who have rated Hess believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward.   

Just last week, one of those Fools, All-Star seekinggotham, followed the lead of several value gurus and jumped into the opportunity:

The mother of all piggybacking situations; Elliott Management, Greenlight Capital, Michael Price, etc. Elliott is spearheading and using the basic playbook of poorly managed, overly diversified company needing to shed non-core operations; increase profitability, return cash to investors, etc. [Michael Price] has talked on HES a fair amount and thinks it is worth considerably north of $100 per share.  

If you want market-thumping returns, you need to put together the best portfolio you can. Of course, despite a strong four-star rating, Hess may not be your top choice.