Based on the aggregated intelligence of 170,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, integrated energy company Hess Corp. (NYSE: HES) has earned a coveted five-star ranking.

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

Hess facts

Headquarters (Founded) New York (1920)
Market Cap $27.38 billion
Industry Integrated oil and gas
Trailing-12-Month Revenue $33.95 billion
Management

Chairman/CEO John Hess

CFO John Rielly

Return on Equity (Average, Past 3 Years) 13.9%
Cash/Debt $1.61 billion / $5.58 billion
Dividend Yield 0.5%
Competitors

BP (NYSE: BP)

Chevron (NYSE: CVX)

ExxonMobil (NYSE: XOM)

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

On CAPS, 96% of the 879 members who have rated Hess believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bulls include jlennox and Clint35.

Just last month, jlennox listed several of Hess' positives:

One of the less expensive fully intergated oil companies. Aggressive exploration and development. Great holdings in the ND Bakkan Shale.

In fact, Hess currently sports a cheapish price-to-cash flow of 5.8. That represents a discount to integrated energy giants BP (10.8), Chevron (7.0), and Exxon (8.8).

CAPS member Clint35 expands on the Hess outperform argument:

A Bakken oil shale play. Good balance sheet and good margins. P/E is very reasonable, so when the big institutional buyers look for a cheap Bakken shale play this might be one they choose. The dividend is small but if the Bakken shale is as big as the "experts" are predicting they'll be making a lot of money and possibly raising the dividend.

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