4-Star Stocks Poised to Pop: Hess

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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 energy company Hess Corp. (NYS: HES) has earned a respected four-star ranking.

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

Hess facts

Headquarters (founded)New York (1920)
Market Cap$15.7 billion
IndustryIntegrated oil and gas
Trailing-12-Month Revenue$38.0 billion
ManagementChairman/CEO John Hess
CFO John Rielly
Return on Equity (average, past 3 years)11.1%
Cash/Debt$396.0 million / $7.0 billion
Dividend Yield0.8%
CompetitorsBP
ConocoPhillips
ExxonMobil

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

On CAPS, 97% of the 955 members who have rated Hess believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward.  

Just last week, one of those bulls, BlacknGold, tapped Hess as a timely bargain opportunity:

The market drastically overreacted to the slower than anticipated production increases in Bakken.

At the end of April, Bakken was producing 47,000 bpd, which Hess expects to expand to 52,000 bpd by year end. Furthermore, the company expects plateau production to be in the neighborhood of 80,000 bpd once all wells are developed.

The company increased income generated from its Asia gas production by $567 million in 1Q12 compared to the year ago period. This is a solid company that is creating value presented to you at a solid discount.   

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