Based on the aggregated intelligence of 140,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, South American oil giant Petroleo Brasileiro (NYSE:PBR) has earned a coveted five-star ranking.

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

Petrobras facts

Headquarters (Founded)

Rio de Janeiro (1953)

Market Cap

$158.1 billion


Integrated oil and gas

Trailing-12-Month Revenue

$109.4 billion


CEO Jose de Azevedo (since 2005)
CFO Almir Barbassa (since 2005)

Return on Equity (Average, Past 3 Years)


Cash / Debt

$5.2 billion / $34.5 billion

Other Highly Rated Oil Stocks

ExxonMobil (NYSE:XOM)
Chevron (NYSE:CVX)

CAPS Members Bullish on PBR Also Bullish on


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

On CAPS, 99% of the 1,125 All-Star members who have rated Petrobras believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bulls include MajorMiner and jamespeer, both of whom are ranked in the top 15% of our community.

Just last month, MajorMiner tapped Petrobras as a Latin way to boost your energy (exposure):

The fundamental causes of high energy in 2008 have not gone away. The lending crisis slowed demand, but the underlying imbalance is still there. I expect the US dollar to drop because of China's dollar dumping and "quantitative easing". This sets up this ADR to be a real winner.

In a pitch from two weeks earlier, jamespeer elaborates on Petrobras as a giant opportunity:

Brazil is HUGE and there are still a lot of oil fields that are yet to be drilled in this vast country. Petrobras is basically the monopoly and I believe it will become an oil colossus to rival the likes of [Royal Dutch Shell] and BP in the future. As these companies and their respective economies regress, Brazil and Petrobras will just keep growing. Big thumbs up on [Petrobras] an oil giant for the future.

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