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

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

Eni facts

Headquarters (founded)

Rome (1953)

Market Cap

$81.5 billion


Integrated oil and gas

Trailing-12-Month Revenue

$146.3 billion


CEO/COO Paolo Scaroni

CFO Alessandro Bernini

Return on Equity (average, past 3 years)



$3.3 billion / $38.5 billion

Dividend Yield


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

On CAPS, 96% of the 599 members who have rated Eni believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bulls include WalterFConn and Veritas1010.

Just last week , WalterFConn tapped Eni as a timely income opportunity: "Long term hold but will be positioned very well once Libya is sorted out. Strong dividend."

Currently, Eni even sports a cheapish price-to-cash flow of 3.9. That represents a discount to global integrated oil peers BP (NYSE: BP) (16.0), ExxonMobil (NYSE: XOM) (7.5), and Total (NYSE: TOT) (4.5).

CAPS member Veritas1010 elaborated earlier this month on the bargain opportunity:

One a wide variety of metrics E looks financially solid. Internationally diversifieded, low P/E, sound cash flow. ... At these prices ($48.00 /-) they are highly attractive with historical price-line in mind. If "no good crisis should be wasted" then the dual turmoil of the Libyan civil war and continued stress on the southern flank of the Euro zone should prompt investors to go long on this company.

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