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$31.0 billion
IndustryOil and gas equipment and services
Trailing-12-Month Revenue$22.9 billion
ManagementChairman/CEO David Lesar
CFO Mark McCollum
Return on Equity (Average, Past 3 Years)20.3%
Cash/Debt$2.18 billion / $3.82 billion
Dividend Yield1.1%
CompetitorsNational Oilwell Varco (NYS: NOV)
Schlumberger (NYS: SLB)
Weatherford International (NYS: WFT)

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

On CAPS, 95% of the 3,241 members who have rated Halliburton believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bulls include LAVol and All-Star dmccartney, who is ranked in the top 5% of our community.  

Just last month, LAVol touched on the global tailwinds working in Halliburton's favor:

Oil demand will only increase as China and India grow their economies. ... Oil services demand is increasing in the U.S. in the Bakken, Marcellus, and Utica shale plays. [Halliburton] is best positioned to take advantage.

Currently, Halliburton even sports a cheapish P/E of 12.2. That represents a discount to rivals like National Oilwell Varco (15.3), Schlumberger (20.0), and Weatherford (40.4).

CAPS All-Star dmccartney elaborates on the bargain opportunity:

This stock has been beaten down by the bad publicity and legal risks associated with the BP oil spill, but is a very strong long term player in the industry. It should also benefit from long-term rising oil and gas prices, as more drilling activity will take place. All these companies will need support from companies like Halliburton. Overall, a good buy in price at around $35.00.

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At the time this article was published Fool contributor Brian Pacampara owns no position in any of the companies mentioned. The Motley Fool owns shares of National Oilwell Varco. Motley Fool newsletter services have recommended buying shares of National Oilwell Varco. 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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