Based on the aggregated intelligence of 170,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, energy giant Canadian Natural Resources (NYSE: CNQ) has earned a coveted five-star ranking.

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

Canadian Natural facts

Headquarters (founded) Calgary, Canada (1973)
Market Cap $52.9 billion
Industry Oil and gas exploration and production
Trailing-12-Month Revenue $12.6 billion

CEO Steve Laut

CFO Douglas Proll

Return on Equity (average, past 3 years) 18.9%
Cash/Debt $27.0 million / $8.49 billion
Dividend Yield 0.6%

EnCana (NYSE: ECA)

Imperial Oil (AMEX: IMO)

Suncor Energy (NYSE: SU)

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

On CAPS, 98% of the 1,491 members who have rated Canadian Natural the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bulls include fostercdjebsen and toshimelonhead.

Last year, fostercdjebsen listed several of Canadian Natural's positives: "Great management, consistent long term growth, more flexible capital now that the horizon project is already been producing."

Currently, Canadian Natural even sports a cheapish price-to-cash flow ratio of 8.4. That represents a discount to competitors EnCana (10.1), Imperial Oil (13.7), and Suncor (14.2).

Earlier this month, CAPS member toshimelonhead followed the lead of a Wall Street sharpie and got bullish on Canadian Natural:

This is the Goldman Sachs play on the oil sands. ... I might be a tad early on this pick, but once these oil sands are extractable, Canada becomes the second largest oil exporter in the world. "Peak easy oil" is here, and now it's time to find the tough stuff until we find alternatives.

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