Based on the aggregated intelligence of 170,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, natural gas producer Chesapeake Energy (NYSE: CHK) has earned a coveted five-star ranking.

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

Chesapeake facts

Headquarters (Founded) Oklahoma City (1989)
Market Cap $22.04 billion
Industry Oil and gas exploration and production
Trailing-12-Month Revenue $9.37 billion
Management Co-Founder/Chairman/CEO Aubrey McClendon
CFO Domenic Dell'Osso
Return on Equity (Average, Past 3 Years) (7.5%)
Cash/Debt $102 million / $12.64 billion
Dividend Yield 0.9%
Competitors Anadarko Petroleum (NYSE: APC)
ConocoPhillips (NYSE: COP)

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

On CAPS, 97% of the 7,226 members who have rated Chesapeake believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bulls include former Fool contributor Toby Shute (XMFSmashy) and Jajimon.

About a month ago, Toby brought Chesapeake's improving financial position to our community's attention: "I think these guys are finally getting serious about cutting back on leasehold acquisitions and reducing debt. See my article on the new 25/25 plan."

Currently, Chesapeake even trades at a cheapish price-to-cash flow of 4.6. That represents a discount to competitors like Anadarko (7.6), BP (7.3), and Conoco (7.3).

CAPS member Jajimon elaborates on the bull case:

Long-term, natural gas prices will inevitably rise. The real benefit will be 2-4 years down the road, but [Chesapeake] is well positioned in the near term. Its brand is becoming more widespread in the investment community thanks to its high-risk/high-reward strategy, surviving the 2008-2010 era, and the recent Icahn investment. With natural gas at an already low market price, only positive catalysts remain for the commodity.

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