Based on the aggregated intelligence of 140,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, seismic data equipment maker OYO Geospace (NASDAQ:OYOG) has earned a coveted five-star ranking.

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

OYO Geospace facts

Headquarters (Founded)

Houston (1980)

Market Cap

$152.1 million


Oil and gas equipment and services

Trailing-12-Month Revenue

$100.6 million


Chairman/CEO Gary Owens (since 1997)
CFO Thomas McEntire (since 1997)

Return on Equity (Average, Past 3 Years)


Cash / Debt

$1.6 million / $9.7 million

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CAPS Members Bullish on OYO Also Bullish on

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

On CAPS, 98% of the 1,355 members who have rated OYO believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bulls include TMFmrquakeroats and All-Star investorpoet2, who is ranked in the top 15% of our community.

Just last month, TMFmrquakeroats tapped OYO as a great bet to yo-yo back: "The Energy sector is down but not out. [OYO] is one of the top-rated stocks related to seismic data."

In a pitch from three days later, investorpoet2 elaborates on the seismic opportunity. Here's an excerpt:

The company notes that their backlog has increased substantially in recent weeks, with the majority of the orders to be delivered during the fourth quarter of 2009. …

Oil prices have risen recently to over $70 per barrel. This appears to be a threshold point for many of Oyo's customers. If Oyo's backlog of orders has increased and new sales continue to flow in, improved earnings will be coming soon. … Their new [Geospace Seismic Recorder] systems were gaining traction even in the downturn. Higher oil prices could dramatically boost sales of this new product.

Oyo has the capacity to handle improved demand without additional investment. If earnings improve to 2008 levels and optimism about their new products returns, the stock could return to $50 levels.

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Fool contributor Brian Pacampara owns no position in any of the companies mentioned. OYO Geospace, Dawson Geophysical, and Portfolio Recovery are all Motley Fool Hidden Gems picks. National Oilwell Varco is a Stock Advisor selection. The Fool's disclosure policy always gets a perfect score.