4-Star Stocks Poised to Pop: BP

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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, integrated oil giant BP (NYSE: BP) has earned a respected four-star ranking.

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

BP facts

Headquarters (Founded)London (1889)
Market Cap$138.8 billion
IndustryIntegrated oil and gas
Trailing-12-Month Revenue$362.2 billion
ManagementCEO Robert Dudley (since 2010)
CFO Dr. Byron Grote (since 2002)
Return on Equity (Average, Past 3 Years)9.2%
Cash/Debt$18.3 billion / $45.3 billion
Dividend Yield3.9%
CompetitorsChevron (NYS: CVX)
ConocoPhillips (NYS: COP)
ExxonMobil (NYS: XOM)

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

On CAPS, 94% of the 5,210 members who have rated BP believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bulls include Slyfox666 and glassbd86.

Earlier this fall, Slyfox666 tapped BP as a slick value pick:

Should reach a price of $65 per share within 3 years just to reach the P/E of its industry group. Also, the dividend yield is now about 4%. ... There is strong pressure in UK for BP to restore the dividend to its old, or higher, level.

In fact, BP currently sports a cheapish P/E of 6.0. That represents a discount to competitors Chevron (7.5), Conoco (9.3), and Exxon (8.3).

CAPS member glassbd86 elaborates on the bargain opportunity:

The problem with bad news is that people grossly overstate the potential impacts. Did BP lose $100 billion in value during the oil spill? Probably not. $20 billion? Sure. $50bn? Quite possibly. But the market priced in $100bn, and soon decided it wasn't that bad. ...

BP is looking attractive again. The dividend has returned, albeit at a much smaller amount, but one that looks attractive given the price. Right now the biggest concern to the industry seems to be temporary commodities weakness. I say temporary.

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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 Chevron. Try any of our Foolish newsletter servicesfree for 30 days.We Fools don't 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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