5-Star Stocks Poised to Pop: National Fuel Gas

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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, diversified energy company National Fuel Gas (NYS: NFG) has earned a coveted five-star ranking.

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

National Fuel facts

Headquarters (founded)Williamsville, N.Y. (1902)
Market Cap$3.6 billion
IndustryGas utilities
Trailing-12-Month Revenue$1.7 billion
ManagementCEO David Smith (since 2008)
COO Ronald Tanski (since 2010)
Return on Equity (average, past 3 years)12.8%
Cash/Debt$192.2 million / $1.4 billion
Dividend Yield3.2%
CompetitorsAnadarko Petroleum
Consolidated Edison
Niagara Mohawk Power

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

On CAPS, 95% of the 213 members who have rated National Fuel believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward.

Earlier this year, one of those Fools, CapngainerII, listed a few of the National Fuel's positives: "Oversold. [New York and Pennsylvania] utility, owns thousands of acres of timber, sitting atop the Marcellus shale. Any rise in [natural gas] prices will be leveraged here."

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At the time this article was published Fool contributor Brian Pacampara owns no position in any of the companies mentioned. 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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