Based on the aggregated intelligence of 115,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, oil and gas company XTO Energy (NYSE:XTO) has earned a coveted five-star ranking. Our data has showed that five-star stocks outperform the market by a significant margin; conversely, one-star stocks have woefully lagged the market average.

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

XTO Energy facts

Headquarters (Founded)

Fort Worth, Texas (1985)

Market Cap

$28.30 billion

Industry

Independent Oil and Gas

TTM Revenue

$6.62 billion

Management

Co-founder/CEO Bob Simpson
CFO Louis Baldwin

Return on Capital (average last three years)

18.33%

Competitors

BP (NYSE:BP)
Exxon Mobil (NYSE:XOM)

CAPS members bullish on XTO also bullish on

Chesapeake Energy (NYSE:CHK)
Transocean (NYSE:RIG)

CAPS members bearish on XTO also bearish on

Cimarex Energy (NYSE:XEC)
Devon Energy (NYSE:DVN)

Sources: Capital IQ, a division of Standard & Poor's, and Motley Fool CAPS. TTM = trailing 12 months.

Over on CAPS, 438 of the 449 All-Star members who have rated XTO Energy -- some 98% -- believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward. These All-Star bulls include DemonDoug and BrianRuth, both of whom are ranked in the top 1% of our community.

Two months ago, DemonDoug expressed bewilderment over the bargain opportunity:

XTO has 33% yoy per share earnings, and is down over 8%? Meanwhile airlines and banks are bleeding money left and right and they rally? Energy prices are not going to appreciably fall and will continue on their climb to 200/bbl for oil by 2010 and nat gas is headed towards 15 per unit.

A pitch from BrianRuth just two days ago shared that contrarian spirit, focusing on the stock's bounce-back possibilities:

It's in a sector I like (oil & gas) at a price I like (13 P/E). I think oil has been brought down without looking at the supply side of the equation, and if/when the wells start drying up the wildcatters like XTO will benefit.

Admittedly, this is almost a half oil half nat gas play, but I consider both to have much better prospects than the market as a whole.

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Foolish contributor Brian Pacampara owns no position in any of the companies mentioned. Chesapeake Energy is a Motley Fool Inside Value recommendation. The Fool's disclosure policy always gets a perfect score.