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

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

EnCana facts

Headquarters (Founded)

Calgary, Canada (1971)

Market Cap

$24.66 billion


Oil and gas exploration and production

Trailing-12-Month Revenue

$6.99 billion


President/CEO Randall Eresman

CFO Sherri Brillon

Return on Equity (Average, Past 3 Years)



$809 million / $8.02 billion

Dividend Yield



Apache (NYSE: APA)

Chesapeake Energy (NYSE: CHK)

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

On CAPS, 98% of the 1,070 members who have rated EnCana believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bulls include Zemko100 and chipboarder67.

Just last month, Zemko100 tapped the stock as a natural selection: "Natural gas is simply a no-brainer, a fact we are finally waking up to. EnCana sits on massive reserves, possesses strong financials, and is led by a strong management team."

Over the next five years, in fact, EnCana is expected to grow its bottom line at a brisk rate of 26% annually. That's faster than other natural gas plays like Apache (5.9%), Anadarko Petroleum (NYSE: APC) (17.3%), and Chesapeake (11.0%).

CAPS member chipboarder67 expands on the EnCana outperform case:

New approach with lots of JV partners. Completed deal with Kogas for $565 million. ... [L]ooking to work with partners to develop massive land holdings (12000 square miles) with a royalty business model of 30-38% ... think low capital/low risk/high return.

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