4-Star Stocks Poised to Pop: BP

Based on the aggregated intelligence of 180,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, integrated oil giant BP (NYS: BP) has earned a respected four-star ranking.

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

BP facts

Headquarters (founded)London (1889)
Market Cap$137.2 billion
IndustryIntegrated oil and gas
Trailing-12-Month Revenue$375.9 billion
ManagementCEO Robert Dudley (since October 2010)
CFO Brian Gilvary (since January 2012)
Return on Equity (average, past 3 years)14.1%
Cash/Debt$14.4 billion / $44.2 billion
Dividend Yield4.4%

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

On CAPS, 94% of the 5,218 members who have rated BP believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward.  

A few months ago, one of those Fools, cothron88, tapped the stock as an attractive income opportunity:

BP is one of the premier companies in the gas game and I don't think the stock price has fully recovered from the oil spill. They killed their dividend for 1-2 quarters after the spill and when it returned, it was only half of what it used to be. ... I think this stock is a slam dunk, room for growth and a healthy growing dividend.

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