Why ConocoPhillips Is Poised to Pop

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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 gas giant ConocoPhillips has earned a coveted five-star ranking.

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

Conoco facts

Headquarters (founded)

Houston (1917)

Market Cap

$71.8 billion

Industry

Integrated oil and gas

Trailing-12-Month Revenue

$60.4 billion

Management

Chairman/CEO Ryan Lance

CFO Jeffrey Sheets

Return on Equity (average, past 3 years)

13.1%

Cash/Debt

$3.6 billion / $25.3 billion

Dividend Yield

4.5%

Competitors

BP

Chevron

ExxonMobil


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

On CAPS, 97% of the 5,774 members who have rated Conoco believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward.

Earlier today, one of those Fools, Googlespooch, brought a few of Conoco's growth prospects to our community's attention:

Currently, ConocoPhillips has a number of opportunities that sit in front of it. ConocoPhillips currently has plans to start developing the Chinese oil shale fields in the coming years as part of an agreement to teach shale extraction techniques to the Chinese while, at the same time, producing oil revenues for itself. ... Further opportunity lies in ConocoPhillips' ultra-deepwater drilling capabilities. As the "easy" oil reserves disappear, alternate sources of crude oil must be tapped. ... Finally, ConocoPhillips has a huge opportunity in developing floating liquefied natural gas (FLNG). ... Currently, only one company has infrastructure under construction, Royal Dutch Shell; however, ConocoPhillips is quickly moving into the preparations for construction of its own facilities as the company hopes to have a FLNG by 2019.

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The article Why ConocoPhillips Is Poised to Pop originally appeared on Fool.com.

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