Based on the aggregated intelligence of 115,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, South African purveyor of CTL (coal-to-liquid) and GTL (gas-to-liquid) technologies Sasol (NYSE:SSL) has earned a coveted five-star ranking. Our data has shown 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 Sasol's business, and see what CAPS investors are saying about the stock right now.

Sasol facts


Headquarters (Founded)

Rosebank, South Africa (1950)

Market Cap

$27.9 billion


Oil and Gas Refining and Marketing

TTM Revenue

$13.2 billion


CEO Patrick Davies (since 1997)

CFO Christine Ramon (since 2006)


Chevron (NYSE:CVX),

Dow Chemical (NYSE:DOW)

CAPS members bullish on SSL also bullish on

Chesapeake Energy (NYSE:CHK),

Transocean (NYSE:RIG)

CAPS members bearish on SSL also bearish on

Kodiak Oil & Gas (AMEX:KOG),

Cimarex Energy (NYSE:XEC)

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

Over on CAPS, fully 413 of the 416 All-Star members who have rated Sasol believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward. These All-Star bulls include TMFBreakerJava and ResearchLover, both of whom are ranked in the top 10% of our community.

In November 2007, TMFBreakerJava wrote that Sasol is a "[d]ominant player in coal to liquid technologies. This is one of a number of key technologies that will help the U.S. reduce its dependence on oil from unstable and potentially hostile parts of the world."

A more recent pitch by ResearchLover in June of this year shares that bullish attitude, highlighting the stock's weakness as being a possible buying opportunity:

Down significantly with broader EZA (South African) market on no direct news, and its coal-to-fuel process is a great growth story. Which suggests the question, would a temporary drop in the world supply of coal (interrupted by midwest floods) hurt their margins along with all the other inflationary pressures in South Africa (e.g. 27% rise in electricity)? It is possible, if not likely, but my gut says "not as much as has been taken off the top."

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