1-Star Stocks Poised to Plunge: AOL?

Based on the aggregated intelligence of 180,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, Web-services specialist AOL (NYS: AOL) has received the dreaded one-star ranking.

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


Headquarters (founded)

New York (1985)

Market Cap

$1.7 billion


Internet software and services

Trailing-12-Month Revenue

$2.2 billion


Chairman/CEO Tim Armstrong
CFO Arthur Minson

Return on Equity (average, past 3 years)



$407.5 million / $110.8 million



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

On CAPS, 69% of the 237 members who have rated AOL believe the stock will underperform the S&P 500 going forward.

Last year, one of those Fools, astephan2525, seriously questioned AOL's online relevance:

Can someone tell me why this company still exists? Or at least send a screenshot proving that someone still uses AOL as their ISP? Ok so they are trying to transform into a content farm which means writing really bad short articles on a variety of subjects and surrounding them with advertisements; not exactly an inspiring turnaround pitch.

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