Based on the aggregated intelligence of 135,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, Argentinean oil and gas company Petrobras Energia Participaciones (NYSE:PZE) has earned a coveted five-star ranking.

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

Petrobras Energia facts

Headquarters (Founded)

Buenos Aires, Argentina (1946)

Market Cap

$1.47 Billion


Integrated Oil and Gas

Trailing-12-Month Revenue

$3.80 Billion


CEO Vilson da Silva (Since 2008)

Director of Exploration and Production Fernando Borges (Since 2008)

Return on Equity (Average, Past Five Years)


Cash / Debt

$447.1 Million / $2.2 Billion

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

On CAPS, 646 of the 669 members who have rated Petrobras Energia -- 96.5% -- believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bulls include All-Stars mrindependent and TSIF, both of whom are ranked in the top 2% of our community.

Just two days ago, mrindependent tapped the stock as a cheap way to increase your energy:

Petrobras Energia Participaciones engages in oil and gas exploration, refining, distribution, and electricity production. The company has a sound balance sheet with loads of cash. … Currently available for 0.79 times book value.

In an earlier pitch, TSIF expands on that bullish reasoning:

Huge South American exposure, strong reserves, two refineries, 600 gas stations, transportation, petrochemicals, electricity production in Argentina, 10% operating margins. ... Apparently, however, Mr. Market is not interested in energy stocks today. When the cutback in production caused by the economy, the cutback in development, and foreign control of a majority of the oil turn back in the other direction, Mr. Market will be sorry.

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Fool contributor Brian Pacampara owns no position in any of the companies mentioned. Marvel is a Motley Fool Stock Advisor selection. Petroleo Brasileiro is a choice of Income Investor. The Fool's disclosure policy always gets a perfect score.