Based on the aggregated intelligence of 110,000 investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, oil and gas equipment provider Lufkin Industries (NASDAQ:LUFK) has earned a coveted five-star ranking. Our data has shown that five-star stocks outperform the market by a significant margin; and that, conversely, one-star stocks have woefully lagged the market average.

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


Headquarters (founded)

Lufkin, Texas (1902)

Market cap

$1.26 billion


Oil and gas equipment services

Trailing-12-month revenue

$596.12 million


CEO John Glick (since March 2008); CFO Christopher Boone (since May 2008)

Return on equity (avg., past three years)


CAPS members bullish on LUFK also bullish on:


Chesapeake Energy (NYSE:CHK),

Companhia Vale (RIO)

CAPS members bearish on LUFK also bearish on:


Daktronics (NASDAQ:DAKT),

Alpha Natural Resources (NYSE:ANR),


Sources: Capital IQ (a division of Standard & Poor's) and Motley Fool CAPS.

Over on CAPS, 254 of 256 of the All-Star members who have rated Lufkin -- some 99% -- believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward. These All-Star bulls include TMFEldrehad and JDSancho, both of whom rank in the top 2% of our community.

In October, TMFEldrehad officially singled out Lufkin for his popular stock-picking service. "[I]f you're looking to find a way to turn the world's growing appetite for energy into gains in your portfolio," TMFEldrehad wrote, "Lufkin Industries is, in my view, a clear candidate for serious consideration."

A more recent pitch by JDSancho in June nicely summarized TMFEldrehad's formal recommendation:

-- LUFK operates in 3 main segments: oilfield equipment, power transmission, and trailers. Oilfield equipment consists of 2/3 sales, and is the reason why I was attracted in the first place.
-- top line has increased 30% annually over 4 yrs
-- sign of good management: [sales, general, and administrative costs are] decreasing as % of sales
-- operating/net margins increasing [year over year] as well
-- management had a good feeling about company's prospects at the end of 2007 based on backlog & international strength (man, were they right on the money)
-- strong balance sheet w/ $0 debt and $7 cash per share

I am grateful to Big E (Eldrehad) for introducing us to a great company that will most likely continue its successful run for investors.

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