5-Star Stocks Poised to Pop: Transocean

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

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

Transocean facts

Headquarters (Founded)

Vernier, Switzerland (1953)

Market Cap

$16.1 billion


Oil and gas drilling

Trailing-12-Month Revenue

$8.96 billion


CEO Steven Newman (since 2010)
CFO Ricardo Rosa (since 2009)

Return on Equity (Average, Past 3 Years)



$3.29 billion / $11.1 billion

Dividend Yield



Ensco (NYS: ESV)
Noble (NYS: NE)
Weatherford International (NYS: WFT)

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

On CAPS, 98% of the 6,211 members who have rated Transocean believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bulls include DonnyRealman and troym72.

Earlier this week, DonnyRealman wrote that Transocean is "in an excellent position to benefit from 1) the lack of 'easy access' oil left in the ground and 2) The massive rise in demand that will be the result of growth in China and India."

Currently, Transocean even trades at a cheapish price-to-cash flow of 8. That represents a discount to industry peers like Ensco (12.1), Noble (10.7), and Weatherford (18.2).

CAPS member troym72 elaborates on the bargain opportunity:

I think this stock could easily double in the next year (assuming 2012 earnings estimates are reasonably accurate). Considering Transocean also offers a dividend, I really don't see how anyone could pass up this stock. Recession or not, the world uses petroleum products.

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