5-Star Stocks Poised to Pop: Seadrill

Based on the aggregated intelligence of 180,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, offshore driller Seadrill (NYS: SDRL) has earned a coveted five-star ranking.

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

Seadrill facts

Headquarters (Founded)

Hamilton, Bermuda (1972)

Market Cap

$14.3 billion


Oil and gas drilling

Trailing-12-Month Revenue

$4.35 billion


CEO Alf Thorkildsen (since 2008)

CFO Esa Ikaheimonen (since 2010)

Return on Capital (Average, Past 3 Years)



$528 million / $9.7 billion

Dividend Yield



Ensco (NYS: ESV)

Noble (NYS: NE)

Transocean (NYS: RIG)

Sources: Capital IQ (a division of Standard & Poor's) and Motley Fool CAPS.

On CAPS, 99.6% of the 475 members who have rated Seadrill believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bulls include artmuseum and TurnKeyOilStocks.

A few months ago, artmuseum tapped Seadrill as a particularly well-managed opportunity:

SDRL's ace up its sleeve is charismatic John Fredriksen, Chairman, Pres. ... His presence enables low borrowing costs, also accelerated growth combined with generous cash dividends. What more can we expect from a NYSE listed management/investment?

In fact, Seadrill currently boasts a tempting dividend yield of 9.9%. That's higher than that of rivals like Ensco (2.9%), Noble (1.5%), and Transocean (5.8%).

CAPS member TurnKeyOilStocks elaborates on the bargain opportunity:

At current prices, investors have the opportunity to load up on a safe investment that will offer large returns. There is no logical explanation for the recent drop in price other than a sell-off in the market and commodity price drops. ... This should prove to be a great investment both long and short term. The stock is now trading with a P/E under 7.

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At the time thisarticle was published Fool contributor Brian Pacampara owns no position in any of the companies mentioned. The Motley Fool owns shares of Ensco, Noble, and Transocean. 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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