2-Star Stocks Poised to Plunge: Realty Income?


Based on the aggregated intelligence of 180,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, commercial retail REIT Realty Income (NYS: O) has received a distressing two-star ranking.

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

Realty Incomefacts

Headquarters (founded)

Escondido, Calif. (1969)

Market Cap

$5.3 billion



Trailing-12-Month Revenue

$438.0 million


CEO Thomas Lewis, Jr. (since 1997)
CFO Paul Meurer (since 2001)

Return on Equity (average, past 3 years)



$5.2 million / $1.9 billion

Dividend Yield



Kimco Realty
National Retail Properties
Regency Centers

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

On CAPS, 18% of the 542 members who have rated Realty Income believe the stock will underperform the S&P 500 going forward.

Just last week, one of those Fools, CoreAndExplore, succinctly summed up the bear case for our community: "Very low growth in earnings, high valuation with a P/E around 40, and extremely slow dividend growth (combined with an already stretched payout ratio) all bodes very ill for this stock when interest rates actually begin to climb again. This stock price is artificially propped up by income investors needing some place to park their assets."

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