Based on the aggregated intelligence of 180,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, oil and natural gas explorer Enerplus (NYSE: ERF) has earned a respected four-star ranking.

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

Enerplus facts

Headquarters (founded) Calgary, Canada (1986)
Market Cap $3.6 billion
Industry Oil and gas exploration and production
Trailing-12-Month Revenue $1.1 billion
Management CEO Gordon Kerr
CFO Robert Waters
Return on Equity (average, past 3 years) 0.2%
Cash/Debt $5.7 million / $965.7 million
Dividend Yield 11.8%
Competitors Bonavista Energy
Canadian Natural Resources
TAQA North

Sources: S&P Capital IQ and Motley Fool CAPS.

On CAPS, 97% of the 716 members who have rated Enerplus believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward.  

Just last week, one of those bulls, aljanssen, succinctly summed up the opportunity: "They are more or less oily with a growing trend to liquids. [T]hey can export to the USA/China with ease ... stock rather than cash dividend coming soon to the U.S. stock holders (vote in May)."

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