Based on the aggregated intelligence of 130,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, oil drilling contractor Parker Drilling (NYSE:PKD) has earned a respected four-star ranking.

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

Parker facts

Headquarters (founded)

Houston (1934)

Market Cap

$463.1 million


Oil and Gas Drilling

TTM Revenue

$830.5 million


CEO Robert Parker, Jr. (since 1991)

COO David Mannon (since 2004)

Return on Equity (average, last three years)



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CAPS members bullish on PKD also bullish on

Chesapeake Energy (NYSE:CHK)


CAPS members bearish on PKD also bearish on


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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 649 of the 666 members who have rated Parker -- some 97% -- believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bulls include LifeSavingFool and All-Star TMFPlatoish, who is ranked in the top 2% of our community.

Last week, LifeSavingFool picked Parker as a potent way to play oil: "Might take a few to get going, but oil will go up this summer and I think [Parker] is in a position to get drilling contracts ahead of competitors and should see some real growth over the next few years."

In a pitch from the previous week, TMFPlatoish drills down even further:

I'm starting to build a basket of oil service companies. They've been pretty well battered and I expect we aren't going back to the days of cheap energy. I'm being careful to focus on companies with relatively strong balance sheets that aren't apt to trip debt covenants if things continue slow for awhile. Parker is a small pure play on drilling. It also has a drilling equipment rental arm that is a profitable business. The company has been around since the 30's and still has a Parker as CEO. It understands the cyclical nature of its business. Debt load looks manageable and it is trading at less than half of book value. It should outperform the market.

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