Based on the aggregated intelligence of 130,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, natural gas producer and distributor El Paso (NYSE:EP) has earned a respected four-star ranking.

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

El Paso facts

Headquarters (founded)

Houston, Texas (1928)

Market Cap

$5.07 billion


Oil & gas storage and transportation

TTM Revenue

$5.36 billion


CEO Douglas Foshee (since 2003)
CFO D. Mark Leland (since 2005)

Compound Annual Revenue Growth (over last three years)


Dividend Yield



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

Over on CAPS, fully 698 of the 725 members who have rated El Paso -- some 96% -- believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bulls include rdpatton and larrysbh.

In January, rdpatton highlighted El Paso's bargain-like price (which is even cheaper today):

Stock was beaten down a lot due to high debt. They have successfully accessed capital markets (albeit at a high interest rate) and now I don't think liquidity concerns are a driving factor. As [natural gas] and Oil go back up this next year this company will do well.

In a pitch from last week, larrysbh tapped El Paso's "jockey" as the main reason to jump in:

I like El Paso because several years ago they brought in Doug Foshee (CEO & Rice Univ. Grad.) to run the company. They developed a business plan, shed non-core assets, and paid down the company debt. They have consistently outperformed their competition since and have a lot of room to grow. I believe this stock took an unjust beating during the current market situation but will flourish as the market slowly comes back. Given the extended winter up north their next quarter should also beat expectations. Additionally natural gas appears to be major part of the current administrations energy plans going forward.

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Fool contributor Brian Pacampara owns no position in any of the companies mentioned. Chesapeake, Microsoft, and Intel are Motley Fool Inside Value picks. The Fool owns shares of and options on Intel. The Fool's disclosure policy always gets a perfect score.