Based on the aggregated intelligence of 180,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, oil-field services specialist National Oilwell Varco
With that in mind, let's take a closer look at National Oilwell's business and see what CAPS investors are saying about the stock right now.
National Oilwell facts
|Headquarters (Founded)||Houston (1862)|
|Market Cap||$30.2 billion|
|Industry||Oil and gas equipment and services|
|Trailing-12-Month Revenue||$13.57 billion|
CEO Merrill Miller, Jr. (since 2001)
CFO Clay Williams (since 2005)
|Return on Equity (Average, Past 3 Years)||11.6%|
|Cash/Debt||$3.87 billion / $512 million|
Sources: S&P Capital IQ and Motley Fool CAPS.
On CAPS, 98.5% of the 3,364 members who have rated National Oilwell believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bulls include timmnsa and All-Star dspl4Js, who is ranked in the top 5% of our community.
Just last month, timmnsa listed several of National Oilwell's positives:
Well run, major player. Oil will surely stay a precious commodity for quite some time to come. Recent [$]1.5 billion deal with Brazil is largest in company history. ... Coming merger with Ameron adds some diversity.
National Oilwell even sports a comforting debt-to-equity of just 3%. That's much lower than that of competitors like Baker Hughes (25%), Schlumberger (36%), and Weatherford (77%).
CAPS All-Star dspl4Js elaborates on the National Oilwell bull case:
Punished by global recession fears. There will never be enough oil, with the world population increasing at the rate it is there will only be more need for the most widely used energy source. Highly profitable, well managed, growth prospect. Beaten down stock not a broken company.
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