2-Star Stocks Poised to Plunge: Sony?


Based on the aggregated intelligence of 180,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, electronics giant Sony (NYS: SNE) has received a distressing two-star ranking.

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


Headquarters (founded)

Tokyo (1946)

Market Cap

$22.3 billion


Consumer electronics

Trailing-12-Month Revenue

$79.9 billion


Chairman/CEO Howard Stringer
CFO Masaru Kato

Return on Equity (average, past 3 years)



$17.5 billion / $13.5 billion

Dividend Yield



Koninklijke Philips Electronics
SANYO Electric

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

On CAPS, 28% of the 1,646 members who have rated Sony believe the stock will underperform the S&P 500 going forward.

Just last week, one of those bears, All-Star jwray01, listed several of Sony's negatives:

A dying has-been with consistently negative earnings (and falling). ...

Their business encompasses:
1. Dinosaurs of the music/movie industry that are likely to wither away over the next 20 years.
2. Some crappy games and consoles whose lunch will be eaten by Valve, [Activision] Blizzard, Nintendo, Microsoft, and Apple.
3. Commodity consumer electronics that can be made cheaper and better by others.
4. A huge random amalgamation of other crap that evidently isn't very profitable.

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