Based on the aggregated intelligence of 160,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, China Natural Gas (Nasdaq: CHNG) has earned a coveted five-star ranking.

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

China Natural Gas facts

Headquarters (Founded)

Xian, China (1999)

Market Cap

$200.6 million


Gas utilities

Trailing-12-Month Revenue

$81.1 million


Founder/CEO Qinan Ji
Acting CFO David She

Return on Equity (Average, Past 3 Years)



$48.2 million / $27.3 million

Other Highly Rated Natural Gas Stocks

Chesapeake Energy (NYSE: CHK)
Anadarko Petroleum (NYSE: APC)
Devon Energy (NYSE: DVN)

Other Highly Rated Chinese Stocks

PetroChina (NYSE: PTR)
Sinopec (NYSE: SNP)

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

On CAPS, 99% of the 311 All-Star members who have rated China Natural Gas believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bulls include secretbonus and XpXp, both of whom are ranked in the top 15% of our community.

Just two weeks ago, secrentbonus tapped the stock as an inexpensive way to gas up:

[N]atural gas is looking cheap. Solar and wind don't seem to be the solution. China may be a good spot to invest with their GDP growth. Good historical EPS growth and future projected growth and P/E and book value makes this stock priced at a value that makes sense.

In a pitch from last month, XpXp expands on the stock as a natural selection:

At less than 10 times forward earnings with a 20% growth rate, and strong balance sheet, China Natural Gas looks like a winner. ... The Chinese Government has stated in its eleventh five year plan that that it would like to see natural gas account for 10% of energy production by 2020. The Company has experienced consistent profitability and impressive growth over the last four years, while the stock has stayed in a trading range.

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