5-Star Stocks Poised to Pop: Ultra Petroleum

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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, natural gas-focused explorer Ultra Petroleum (NYS: UPL) has earned a coveted five-star ranking.

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

Ultra facts

Headquarters (founded)Houston (1979)
Market Cap$3.6 billion
IndustryOil and gas exploration and production
Trailing-12-Month Revenue$1.1 billion
Management

Chairman/CEO Michael Watford (since 1999)

CFO Marshal Smith (since 2005)

Return on Equity (average, past 3 years)11.1%
Cash/Debt$11.3 million / $1.9 billion
Competitors

Cabot Oil & Gas

EOG Resources

XTO Energy


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

On CAPS, 97% of the 1,476 members who have rated Ultra believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward.

A few weeks ago, one of those bulls, fellow Fool Buck Hartzell (TMFBuck), tapped Ultra as a particularly timely opportunity:

Gas is at $2.50 and it's been down for sometime. I believe if it stays down demand will increase vs. oil etc. Why would you pay $4 per gallon when you can run a car on natural gas and pay $1 per gallon? If demand doesn't pick up, supply will eventually go offline. [Ultra] is very profitable at $5 gas, which I think we'll see in not too long.

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