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)

Zug, Switzerland (1953)

Market Cap

$18.8 billion


Oil and gas drilling

Trailing-12-Month Revenue

$9.1 billion


CEO Steven Newman
Interim CFO Gregory Cauthen

Return on Equity (average, past 3 years)



$4.0 billion / $13.5 billion

Dividend Yield



Pride International

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

On CAPS, 98% of the 6,219 members who have rated Transocean believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward.

Late last year, one of those Fools, All-Star Munchies101, summed up the Transocean bull case for our community:

I don't really care where you see energy going in the next 30yrs. In the next 10 to 15yrs, you can bet your behind we will be using petroleum based products. And [Transocean] is in the best position to capitalize off the offshore extraction side. They currently have 138 rigs, dominating their competition in size and technology. ...

In the short run this stock may continue to fall, as there are valid concerns with its liabilities, which are huge. But I am buying all the way down, as this is as close to a homerun I can see in this sector. The downside risk is minuscule, while the upside is gigantic.

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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 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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