1-Star Stocks Poised to Plunge: Public Storage?

Based on the aggregated intelligence of 180,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, storage space provider Public Storage (NYSE: PSA  ) has received the dreaded one-star ranking.

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

Public Storage facts

Headquarters (founded) Glendale, Calif. (1971)
Market Cap $23.3 billion
Industry REIT
Trailing-12-Month Revenue $1.8 billion
Management Chairman/CEO Ronald Havner Jr.
CFO John Reyes
Return on Equity (average, past 3 years) 8.5%
Cash/Debt $160.7 million / $418.9 million
Dividend Yield 2.7%
Competitors AMERCO
CubeSmart
Sovran Self Storage

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

On CAPS, 36% of the 273 members who have rated Public Storage believe the stock will underperform the S&P 500 going forward.

Just last week, one of those Fools, All-Star joryko, wrote that the Public Storage bear case all boiled down to price:

Tremendously overvalued by almost any basic valuation technique. Graham number sits at only $66 using 2012's EPS estimates. Forward P/E above 20 and 5 year PEG is 3.5

I understand that it is a relatively safe and predictable company but it has bounced up way too high, even with its dividend.

[Public Storage] might be a well run company but it will not outperform the S&P 500 at these prices.

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