4-Star Stocks Poised to Pop: ExxonMobil

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

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

Exxon facts

Headquarters (founded)

Irving, Texas (1870)

Market Cap

$389.8 billion


Integrated oil and gas

Trailing-12-Month Revenue

$433.5 billion


Chairman/CEO Rex Tillerson
CFO Donald Humphreys

Return on Equity (average, past 3 years)



$12.7 billion / $17.0 billion

Dividend Yield




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

On CAPS, 94% of the 8,271 members who have rated Exxon believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward.

Just last week, one of those Fools, NJ7, tapped Exxon as the strong way to play natural gas:

Right now, times are hard for natural gas producers with a massive supply glut. This will inevitably drive many small producers under, and with [$12 billion] in cash, ExxonMobil is well situated to pick up the most promising. I consider the development of the natural gas industry through fracking to be somewhat similar to that of the oil industry: fluctuation from oversupply to undersupply and back again. Only the strongest companies will be able to make it through and reap the rewards and ExxonMobil has ample staying power. With oil and natural gas leadership, ExxonMobil may be a hold forever stock.

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