Based on the aggregated intelligence of 170,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, Chinese petroleum company Longwei Petroleum Investment Holding Limited (AMEX: LPH) has earned a coveted five-star ranking.

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

Longwei facts

Headquarters (Founded)

Taiyuan City, China (1995)

Market Cap

$200.36 million


Oil and gas refining and marketing

Trailing-12-Month Revenue

$446.18 million


Chairman/CEO Cai Yongjun

CFO Michael Toups

Return on Equity (Average, Past 3 Years)



$15.1 million / $0


China Petroleum & Chemical (NYSE: SNP)

PetroChina (NYSE: PTR)

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

On CAPS, 99% of the 341 members who have rated Longwei believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bulls include staranalystkc and bokononblue22.

Just last month, staranalystkc listed several of Longwei's positives: "Very [robust] competitive advantages, stable, highly predictable, safe, and healthy profit margins, high short-term and long-term organic and external growth potential, and dirt [cheap], unduly discounted valuation level."

In fact, Longwei currently sports a paltry P/E of 3.7. That represents a clear discount to listed rivals Sinopec (8.4) and PetroChina (13.5), as well as other foreign energy plays like Petrobras (NYSE: PBR) (9.2)

CAPS member bokononblue22 elaborates on the bull case:

Very simple -- they're an energy distributor in China, supporting mainly commercial operations in a mountainous mining region. Energy prices will go up, demand for that energy will go home. Ergo, the business will go up. And those mountains, moats don't get much more imposing than that. They'll bar oil producers from building a pipeline to the region.

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