5-Star Stocks Poised to Pop: Linn Energy

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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, oil and natural gas company Linn Energy (NAS: LINE) has earned a coveted five-star ranking.

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

Linn facts

Headquarters (founded)Houston (2003)
Market Cap$7.3 billion
IndustryOil and gas exploration and production
Trailing-12-Month Revenue$1.3 billion
ManagementChairman/CEO Mark Ellis
CFO Kolja Rockov
Return on Equity (average, past 3 years)(2.9%)
Cash/Debt$24.2 million / $4.9 billion
Dividend Yield8%
CompetitorsAnadarko Petroleum
Forest Oil
Pioneer Natural Resources

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

On CAPS, 98% of the 1,011 members who have rated Linn believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward.

Earlier this week, one of those bulls, jdavis4982, tapped Linn as a particularly stable income opportunity:

Linn Energy is 100% hedged through 2017 in natural gas. It is 100% hedged in oil production through 2015, and it is 94% hedged in 2016. With ... market news causing this industry to go up one minute down the next these are [guarantees] I can live with. ... [C]urrently has a [dividend yield] of 8%. [I]f your an income investor great dividend payer here!

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The article 5-Star Stocks Poised to Pop: Linn Energy originally appeared on Fool.com.

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