4-Star Stocks Poised to Pop: Harvest Natural Resources

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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 producer Harvest Natural Resources (NYS: HNR) has earned a respected four-star ranking.

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

Harvest Natural facts

Headquarters (founded)Houston, Texas (1988)
Market Cap$350.3 million
IndustryOil and gas exploration and production
Trailing-12-Month EBITDA($87.0 million)
ManagementCEO James Edmiston (since 2005)
CFO Stephen Haynes (since 2008)
Return on Equity (average, past 3 years)2.7%
Cash/Debt$28.8 million / $15.6 million
CompetitorsDana Petroleum
Premier Oil
Sterling Energy

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

On CAPS, 95% of the 511 members who have rated Harvest Natural believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward.

Just last month, one of those Fools, All-Star TMFDeej, tapped the stock as a particularly juicy, but speculative, opportunity:

I don't usually engage in [merger arbitrage] situations here in CAPS or in real life, but [Harvest Natural] is selling a huge chunk of [Venezuela assets] and if the deal goes through (which is by no means a certainty) the stock will likely pop to $12 to $13 per share. If not, ouch. The spread here is massive enough to play in CAPS.

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The article 4-Star Stocks Poised to Pop: Harvest Natural Resources originally appeared on Fool.com.

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