2-Star Stocks Poised to Plunge: Nokia?

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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, embattled mobile handset specialist Nokia (NYS: NOK) has received a distressing two-star ranking.

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

Nokiafacts

Headquarters (founded)Espoo, Finland (1865)
Market Cap$8.2 billion
IndustryCommunications equipment
Trailing-12-Month Revenue$47.5 billion
ManagementChairman/CEO Stephen Elop (since 2010)
CFO Timo Ihamuotila (since 2009)
Return on Equity (average, past 3 years)(3.9%)
Cash/Debt$13.4 billion / $6.6 billion
Dividend Yield11.7%
CompetitorsApple
Google
Ericsson

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

On CAPS, 10% of the 3,174 members who have rated Nokia believe the stock will underperform the S&P 500 going forward.

A few months ago, one of those Fools, dferry01, succinctly summed up the bear case for our community:

The smartphone market runs up big margins by charging a premium for style, image, and brand. ... Even if Nokia can ship a decent number of phones, they're just not going to be able accomplish the same per-unit profits as their cooler competitors. The company will survive and do fine enough, supplying down-market handsets to the emerging world and more economic first-world consumers, but it's not on the same playing field as Apple and isn't going to be.

If Nokia is locked out of the kind of high-margin sales operations that generate big profits, I don't see its bottom-line earnings rising quickly enough to beat the market.

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The article 2-Star Stocks Poised to Plunge: Nokia? originally appeared on Fool.com.

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