Based on the aggregated intelligence of 180,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, oil-field service specialist Baker Hughes (NYSE: BHI) has earned a respected four-star ranking.

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

Baker Hughes facts

Headquarters (Founded) Houston (1972)
Market Cap $19.6 billion
Industry Oil and gas equipment and services
Trailing-12-Month Revenue $18.9 billion
Management Chairman/CEO Chadwick Deaton
CFO Peter Ragauss
Return on Equity (Average, Past 3 Years) 9.5%
Cash/Debt $803 million / $3.9 billion
Dividend Yield 1.3%
Competitors Halliburton (NYSE: HAL)
Schlumberger (NYSE: SLB)

Sources: S&P Capital IQ and Motley Fool CAPS.

On CAPS, 96% of the 1,157 members who have rated Baker Hughes believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bulls include All-Star dividendsrus, who is ranked in the top 15% of our community, and BigOlDave.  

Just last month, dividendsrus tapped Baker Hughes as a timely bargain opportunity: "You could wait until the economy turns around to buy this stock, but you'd pay a lot more, now wouldn't ya?"

Over the next five years, Baker Hughes is even expected to grow its bottom line at a brisk pace of 31% annually. That's faster than peers like Halliburton (26%), Schlumberger (23%), and National Oilwell Varco (NYSE: NOV) (16%).

CAPS member BigOlDave expands on the outperform case:

[Baker Hughes] has been one of my disappointments this year. I moved out of [Baker Hughes] for about a year, but, when they acquired BJ Services in April 2010, they became a better oil fields servicer. They should outpace the Oil Fields Services ETF [Oil Services HOLDRS] and be more precise shot at the sector. …

Time for a sanity check:
* S&P gives it 4 stars (buy) …
* The Motley Fool [CAPS community] rates it 4 out of 5 stars.

So I think I'll give this one a little more time.

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