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

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

Petrohawk facts

Headquarters (founded)

Houston (1997)

Market Cap

$5.98 billion


Oil and gas exploration and production

Trailing-12-Month Revenue

$1.56 billion


Chairman/CEO Floyd Wilson

CFO Mark Mize

Return on Equity (average, past 3 years)



Chesapeake Energy (NYSE: CHK)

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

On CAPS, 97% of the 1,178 members who have rated Petrohawk believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bulls include kdeken and Coussens.

Earlier this month , kdeken tapped Petrohawk as great way to gas up:

Natural gas finally coming into its own. Hawk flies a bit below the radar. Premium for new production capabilities as the world shortage grows and as natural gas takes over for more oil in non-transportation applications.

Over the next five years, Petrohawk is even expected to grow its bottom line at a brisk rate of 22.7% annually. That's much faster than larger, more well-known natural gas plays such as Chesapeake (5.7%), Devon Energy (NYSE: DVN) (13.3%), and Apache (NYSE: APA) (7%).

CAPS member Coussens elaborates on the bull case:

Natural gas is sitting at rock bottom prices and this company is still making a quarterly profit on it. With their new holdings where it is even easier and cheaper for them to pull more gas and their recent sale of other assets in order to reduce their debt they are not only in a good position to weather out these low prices but are also in a great position to take advantage of any other lucrative investments that come along.

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