4-Star Stocks Poised to Pop: ExxonMobil

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Based on the aggregated intelligence of 180,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, oil and gas behemoth ExxonMobil (NYS: XOM) has earned a respected four-star ranking.

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

Exxon facts

Headquarters (Founded)Irving, Texas (1870)
Market Cap$358.1 billion
IndustryIntegrated oil and gas
Trailing-12-Month Revenue$392.7 billion
Management

Chairman/CEO Rex Tillerson

CFO Donald Humphreys

Return on Equity (Average, Past 3 Years)24.2%
Dividend Yield2.6%
Competitors

BP (NYS: BP)

Chevron (NYS: CVX)

ConocoPhillips (NYSE: COP)

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

On CAPS, 94% of the 8,115 members who have rated Exxon believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bulls include TarynOne and Ailaros.

Earlier this week, TarynOne listed several of Exxon's positives:

A solid company, lots of cash, and a healthy dividend. The stock may be flat in the short term, but the global rise in demand for oil is here to stay. I'm pretty sure that in about 2 years (a generous estimate) I will wish I had bought much more XOM today.

In fact, Exxon's three-year average return on equity of 24.2% tops that of other integrated oil giants like BP (11.2%) and Chevron (19.5%), let alone Conoco's negative average return on equity of -0.3%.

CAPS member Ailaros elaborates on the bull case:
 

Fear pushing investors into commodities bodes well for commodity producers like XOM. While oil prices may have shown volatility over the past few years, it would be hard for these guys to screw it up when the trend has been (and appears to continue) up. In the short term, XOM's earnings have been rising while the stock price has been unkind. This smacks of the market devaluing this company. I'd get in during this temporary setback and start the long roll of increasing global demand for energy.

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At the time this article was published Fool contributor Brian Pacampara owns no position in any of the companies mentioned. Motley Fool newsletter services have recommended buying shares of Chevron. Try any of our Foolish newsletter services free for 30 days.We Fools may not all hold the same opinions, but we all believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. The Fool's disclosure policy always gets a perfect score.

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