Based on the aggregated intelligence of 145,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, independent petroleum refiner Holly (NYSE:HOC) has earned a coveted five-star ranking.

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

Holly facts

Headquarters (Founded)

Dallas (1947)

Market Cap

$1.29 billion


Oil and gas refining

Trailing-12-Month Revenue

$4.1 billion


CEO Matthew Clifton (since 2006)

CFO Bruce Shaw (since 2008)

Return on Equity (Average, Past 3 Years)


Cash / Debt

$99.6 million / $608.9 million

Dividend Yield



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

On CAPS, 95% of the 618 members who have rated Holly believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bulls include golfDoug and All-Star jamespeer, who is ranked in the top 3% of our community.

Two months ago, golfDoug kindly informed Fools that Holly "sports a profitable base; ambitious, forward growth plans; a solid management team; and a decent balance sheet."

In a pitch from last month, jamespeer also suggested a refined approach to oil:

I believe refining will continue to pick up and demand will grow and grow over the next 5 years and beyond. Oil and gas prices are under a bit of pressure in the short term but I am definitely bullish mid-long term.

This stock is currently trading [around] 2x book with a relatively low P/E, decent cash holding and no debt coming due soon, and when we take into account good growth opportunities and the fact they consistently generate very strong revenues, I think this is very good value at this price.

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Fool contributor Brian Pacampara owns no position in any of the companies mentioned. The Fool's disclosure policy always gets a perfect score.