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

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

Exxon facts

Headquarters (Founded) Irving, Texas (1870)
Market Cap $421.88 billion
Industry Integrated oil and gas
Trailing-12-Month Revenue $342.6 billion

Chairman/CEO Rex Tillerson

CFO Donald Humphreys

Return on Equity (Average, Past 3 Years) 26.3%
Cash/Debt $7.83 billion / $15.01 billion
Dividend Yield 2.1%


Chevron (NYSE: CVX)

Royal Dutch Shell (NYSE: RDS-A)

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

On CAPS, 94% of the 7,864 members who have rated Exxon believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bulls include dataguru61 and Oraclepkwy.

Late last month, dataguru61 tapped the stock as a great reinvestment opportunity:

I've been doing DRIP with Exxon for years and this company has never let me down. I don't see this happening with the way oil prices will continue to rise. Exxon in my mind is a consistent winner.

In fact, Exxon's three-year average return on equity of 26.3% tops that of integrated energy foes like BP (12.4%), Chevron (20.1%), and Royal Dutch Shell (14.8%).

CAPS member Oraclepkwy expands on Exxon's tasty total return potential:

I am of the opinion that the Board will soon increase the dividend with crude prices stabilizing, the Gulf oil spill negative cloud over the oil industry is clearing. The dividend is certainly safe and this is a company not about to disappear anytime soon. It is a good long term safe investment which I see providing an excellent return between the dividend and capital value growth in the coming years.

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