5-Star Stocks Poised to Pop: Noble

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

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

Noble facts

Headquarters (founded)Baar, Switzerland (1921)
Market Cap$10.1 billion
IndustryOil and gas drilling
Trailing-12-Month Revenue$2.7 billion
ManagementChairman/CEO David Williams (since January 2008)
CFO James MacLennan (since January 2012)
Return on Equity (average, past 3 years)14.5%
Cash/Debt$239.2 million / $4.1 billion
Dividend Yield1.3%
CompetitorsDiamond Offshore
Nabors Industries
Transocean

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

On CAPS, 99% of the 2,305 members who have rated Noble believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward.

A couple of months ago, one of those Fools, danmangrove, highlighted Noble as a solid selection:

The industry is finally learning to deal with the Fed permatorium, and Macondo will finally be in the rear view mirror in 2012. ... [Noble] has several new drillships and high-spec jackups scheduled for delivery in the next three years. Earnings will approach $4 in 2012. I don't see Brent trading below $100 for an extended period, so dayrates will continue to go higher.

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At the time this article was published Fool contributor Brian Pacampara owns no position in any of the companies mentioned. The Fool owns shares of 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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