2-Star Stocks Poised to Plunge: Dell?

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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, computer giant Dell (NAS: DELL) has received a distressing two-star ranking.

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

Dellfacts

Headquarters (Founded)Round Rock, Texas (1984)
Market Cap$27.2 billion
IndustryComputer hardware
Trailing-12-Month Revenue$61.7 billion
ManagementFounder/Chairman/CEO Michael Dell
CFO Brian Gladden
Return on Equity (Average, Past 3 Years)37.8%
Cash/Debt$13.8 billion / $8.26 billion
CompetitorsApple (NAS: AAPL)
Hewlett-Packard (NYS: HPQ)
BM (NYS: IBM)

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

On CAPS, 29% of the 5,705 members who have rated Dell believe the stock will underperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bears include thecashmen and cadunce.

Just last week, thecashmen tapped Dell as an outdated opportunity:

[PCs] are so cheap now and getting cheaper. I really don't see any growth. This is a company stuck in the early to mid 2000s with a bad hair cut and a leather jacket on. Dude, what's new[?] [N]ot much.

Over the next five years, in fact, Dell is expected to grow its bottom line at a paltry rate of 5% annually. That's slower than that of competitors like Apple (19%), IBM (11%), and even HP (8%).

CAPS member cadunce elaborates on the bear case:

[J]ust strictly a second-rate company. Second rate computers (now that they're quality has gone down the tubes in recent years), second rate printers, second rate phones and tablets (if that). No innovation. Their only ability to make money is to copy the more innovative companies, produce cheaper, lower-quality goods, and then hope that people ... buy them. No thanks. I'll short this one.

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At the time this article was published Fool contributor Brian Pacampara owns no position in any of the companies mentioned. Motley Fool newsletter services have recommended buying shares of Dell and Apple, as well as creating a bull call spread position on Apple. The Fool owns shares of Apple. 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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