Based on the aggregated intelligence of 145,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, oil and gas producer Devon Energy (NYSE:DVN) has earned a respected four-star ranking.

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

Devon facts

Headquarters (Founded)

Oklahoma City (1971)

Market Cap

$31.52 billion

Industry

Oil and gas exploration and production

Trailing-12-Month Revenue

$8.48 billion

Management

Co-Founder/CEO Larry Nichols
CFO Danny Heatly

Return on Equity (Average, Past 3 Years)

(5.2%)

Cash/Debt

$943 million / $7.39 billion

Competitors

BP (NYSE:BP)
ConocoPhillips (NYSE:COP)

CAPS Members Bullish on DVN Also Bullish on

Chesapeake Energy (NYSE:CHK)
Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL)
Transocean (NYSE:RIG)

CAPS Members Bearish on DVN Also Bearish on

Apache (NYSE:APA)

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

On CAPS, 97% of the 1,804 members who have rated Devon believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bulls include All-Star Vet67to82, who is ranked in the top 0.5% of our community, and Niksurfs.

Just last month, Vet67to82 tapped Devon as an increasingly natural selection:

Heading more towards Nat gas ... which the USA has plenty of. The USA just needs to switch some of our vehicles to Nat gas, and some of the coal fired power plants to realize a big improvement in the surrounding environment, reduced acid rains, reduced trade deficit -- on reduced crude imports.

In a pitch from two days earlier, Niksurfs expands on the gassy winds working in the company's favor:

I now look forward to the tremendous upside possibilities for this stock, management has proved they are up to it time and again. Many good things on the horizon here, and within 2010-2011  I expect to see this climb over 100 easily. Reduction in debt, balance sheet and [operating expense] improvements all going forward. Then there is [Natural Gas Act H.R. 1835], great for NG and domestic oil producers.

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