2-Star Stocks Poised to Plunge: Deutsche Bank

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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, German financial services giant Deutsche Bank (NYS: DB) has received a distressing two-star ranking.

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

Deutsche Bankfacts

Headquarters (Founded)

Frankfurt am Main, Germany (1870)

Market Cap

$32.7 billion

Industry

Diversified capital markets

Trailing-12-Month Revenue

$39 billion

Management

Chairman/CEO Dr. Josef Ackermann

CFO Stefan Krause

Return on Equity (Average, Past 3 Years)

4.7%

Dividend Yield

2.8%

Competitors

Citigroup (NYS: C)

JPMorgan Chase (NYS: JPM)

UBS (NYS: UBS)

Sources: Capital IQ (a division of Standard & Poor's) and Motley Fool CAPS.

On CAPS, 35.5% of the 625 members who have rated Deutsche Bank believe the stock will underperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bears include Jeffrey2012 and LipniakMajorat.

Earlier this month, Jeffrey2012 cautioned Fools about banking on the stock:

After riding the bounce, DB is going to go down for a while until this crisis is over. The only way this is going to be over is when this crisis causes a default and when they get recapitalized. Until then, it's going to get killed because of all the potential problems to arise.

Deutsche Bank even sports a P/E of 9.2. That represents a premium to competitors like Citigroup (7.6), JPMorgan (6.6), and UBS (6.7).

CAPS member LipniakMajorat elaborates on the bear case:

All major European banks are going to suffer greatly during the period when common currency is being redefined. Greece and Portugal will probably leave the Eurozone. Should this happen to Italy and Spain, which is less likely but not improbable, the whole common currency project will collapse. In addition, DB was managed its risk terribly in years prior to 2008 and has not cleaned up its act yet.

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At the time this article was published Fool contributorBrian Pacamparaowns no position in any of the companies mentioned. The Fool owns shares of Citigroup and JPMorgan. Try any of our Foolish newsletter servicesfree for 30 days.We Fools may not all hold the same opinions, but we all believe thatconsidering a diverse range of insightsmakes us better investors. The Fool'sdisclosure policyalways gets a perfect score.

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