Based on the aggregated intelligence of 170,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, Canadian oil and gas giant EnCana (NYSE: ECA) has earned a respected four-star ranking.

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

EnCana facts

Headquarters (Founded) Calgary, Canada (1971)
Market Cap $21.58 billion
Industry Oil and gas production
Trailing-12-Month Revenue $10.15 billion
Management

CEO Randall Eresman

CFO Sherri Brillon

Return on Equity (Average, Past 3 Years) 16.3%
Cash/Debt $1.4 billion / $7.6 billion
Dividend Yield 2.8%
Competitors

Apache (NYSE: APA)

Chesapeake Energy (NYSE: CHK)

Talisman Energy (NYSE: TLM)


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

On CAPS, 97.5% of the 1,033 members who have rated EnCana believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bulls include PuddinHead42 and Endeavor1.

This past summer, PuddinHead42 tapped the stock as a particularly green pick: "Nat Gas is a "clean" option for the future and Encana is a great company in that sector. T Boone is hyping it for trucks and any compromise "clean energy" bill that passes after the Republicans balance congress this fall is going to contain things good for natural gas."

EnCana's portfolio of attractive natural gas reserves and juicy dividend continue to support its four-star CAPS rating. In fact, EnCana currently sports a substantially higher yield (2.8%) than rivals Apache (0.6%), Chesapeake (1.4%), and Talisman (1.4%), as well as other natural gas giants Devon (NYSE: DVN) and Anadarko (NYSE: APC) (0.6%).

CAPS member Endeavor lists several more long-term reasons to buy into EnCana:

-Technology ready, multi-story (clean/bridge) energy play
- Well capitalized company
-Historically Low Price
-Valuation is at low end
-Logical shelter in market "shakeout"

There just seems to be nothing but upwards story for this company. Not sure it does necessarily anything in the next 6-12 months but it seems … a fantastic mix of safety with significant upside.

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