Based on the aggregated intelligence of 170,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, energy and chemical company Occidental Petroleum (NYSE: OXY) has earned a respected four-star ranking.

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

Occidental facts

Headquarters (Founded)

Los Angeles (1920)

Market Cap

$83.7 billion

Industry

Integrated oil and gas

Trailing-12-Month Revenue

$19.04 billion

Management

Chairman/CEO Dr. Ray Irani

President/COO Stephen Chazen

Return on Equity (Average, Past 3 Years)

18.5%

Cash/Debt

$2.58 billion / $5.11 billion

Dividend Yield

1.8%

Competitors

BP (NYSE: BP)

Canadian Natural Resources (NYSE: CNQ)

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

On CAPS, 97% of the 1,321 members who have rated Occidental believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bulls include All-Star awdaniels, who is ranked in the top 10% of our community, and jonnyf11.

Earlier this year, awdaniels tapped Occidental as an attractive way to go for growth and income: "Decided to drill more in U. S. on shore expanding in the Bakken Shale, Texas and California. Excellent prospects and paying dividends."

Over the next five years, in fact, Occidental is expected to grow its bottom line at a solid rate of 10.6% annually. That's faster than other oil and gas giants like BP (5%), Canadian Natural Resources (5%), and Chevron (NYSE: CVX) (3.6%).

CAPS member jonnyf11 elaborates on the Occidental bull case:

The company is the fourth largest US integrated oil company with production that is more oil than gas. Company plans to grow their production leading to more cash to raise dividend. The return on capital of foreign investments shows an impressive track record of previous investments despite the current fears. Management claims there California projects have the potential to be their biggest revenue producing unit in the future.

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