4-Star Stocks Poised to Pop: Halliburton

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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, energy services giant Halliburton (NYS: HAL) has earned a respected four-star ranking.

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

Halliburton facts

Headquarters (Founded)Houston (1919)
Market Cap$39.6 billion
IndustryOil and gas equipment and services
Trailing-12-Month Revenue$21 billion
Management

Chairman/CEO David Lesar

CFO Mark McCollum

Return on Equity (Average, Past 3 Years)20.7%
Cash/Debt$1.9 billion / $3.8 billion
Dividend Yield0.8%
Competitors

Baker Hughes (NYS: BHI)

National Oilwell Varco (NYS: NOV)

Schlumberger (NYS: SLB)

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

On CAPS, 95% of the 3,074 members who have rated Halliburton believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bulls include MajorBob04 and TMFBiggles.

A couple of months ago, MajorBob04 succinctly summed up the Halliburton bull case: "Specialized services will continue to grow in the Oil & Gas industry; Halliburton will grow with the trend and the need for better economics."

Currently, Halliburton even sports a cheapish forward P/E of 9.5. That represents a discount to rivals like Baker Hughes (10.1), National Oilwell (11.5), and Schlumberger (14.0).

CAPS member TMFBiggles elaborates on the bargain opportunity:

Looks like a good entry point, and I'm always a fan of an established, profitable company that's willing to undertake a huge hiring spree. Not only that, but unlike the highly publicized McDonald's hiring spree, these jobs will pay a living wage! Something big is happening in North Dakota.

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At the time this article was published Fool contributorBrian Pacamparaowns no position in any of the companies mentioned.Motley Fool newsletter serviceshave recommended buying shares of National Oilwell and McDonald's. The Fool owns shares of National Oilwell and Schlumberger. Try any of our Foolish newsletter servicesfree for 30 days.We Fools may not all hold the same opinions, but we all believe thatconsidering a diverse range of insightsmakes us better investors. The Fool'sdisclosure policyalways gets a perfect score.

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