Why Research In Motion Is Poised to Pull Back

Based on the aggregated intelligence of 180,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, BlackBerry maker Research In Motion (NASDAQ: BBRY  ) has received the dreaded one-star ranking.

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

RIM facts

Headquarters (founded)

Waterloo, Canada (1984)

Market Cap

$7.6 billion


Communications equipment

Trailing-12-Month Revenue

$12.6 billion


CEO Thorsten Heins (since 2012)

CFO Brian Bidulka (since 2009)

Return on Equity (average, past 3 years)



$2.7 billion / $0





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

On CAPS, 24% of the 5,824 members who have rated RIM believe the stock will underperform the S&P 500 going forward.

Earlier this week, one of those Fools, prbyers, succinctly summed up the RIM bear case for our community:

No product development. They won't be able to keep up with the other players. Blackberry can't hold the attention of the hardcore business users either -- those users want a single device. And they want that single device to be able to play games, listen to music, participate in the same ecosystem as their friends, etc. You know -- like their Android and iPhones (that they already own). Proof: [Bring your own device] policies are getting very popular.

And of course, there is the toe-stubbing and slow product releasing ways of [RIM]. In this market where there are phones and tablets that become passe in a matter of months, they will never be able to keep up.

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  • Report this Comment On January 17, 2013, at 7:26 PM, TimKnows wrote:

    WOW, was that a stupid article.

  • Report this Comment On January 17, 2013, at 7:43 PM, myeerah wrote:

    Yes! Bad article.I felt like I was fooled into reading the article and then got crapped on.

  • Report this Comment On January 17, 2013, at 7:45 PM, sharkfish wrote:

    author=lord of crap

  • Report this Comment On January 17, 2013, at 8:12 PM, MoneyPortal wrote:

    So help me with's poised to pull back...because of a poll?

  • Report this Comment On January 17, 2013, at 8:45 PM, Arthur1111 wrote:

    The Fools should be ashamed for bashing RIMM and pumping Apple, while RIMM keeps on surging and Apple keeps on sinking.

    Should you hide your faces? yes.

    Should you be looking to switch careers? YES

    Are you qualified to write tech articles? Well, ummm, NOOO

    Should you try for acting careers? Well, sure. You will have a much better chance of ......

  • Report this Comment On January 17, 2013, at 9:07 PM, TimKnows wrote:

    RIM hits a 52 week high when Apple hits a 52 week in February!!!!!

    Right InfoThatSucks??? Ha!!!!!!!

  • Report this Comment On January 17, 2013, at 9:08 PM, lukem5 wrote:

    Why is this crap on my yahoo finance headlines? Who lets this crap get through to the headlines?

  • Report this Comment On January 17, 2013, at 9:10 PM, schools101 wrote:

    Rimm may pull back in the short run. Who knows? What Rimm has been working over the last year is building a brand new OS and that takes time. The new phone will be released in weeks will have everything current phones have and more! You might want to do a little research before you write an article that reads like something written over a year ago.

  • Report this Comment On January 17, 2013, at 9:33 PM, gatman1 wrote:

    I don;t think anybody really care about what you people say. Look at the chart and judge for yourself.

  • Report this Comment On January 18, 2013, at 12:41 AM, TurboCrapper wrote:

    InfoThatHelp, okay we get it. RIM is done and Apple rules. People are going to jump off building after this month, and those who survives will go back up the building and jump off again. We know you like giving RIM jobs, so you don't have to say it like 5 times in this article alone.

  • Report this Comment On January 18, 2013, at 8:14 AM, digitally404 wrote:

    Like someone else said, I missed the proof where RIM is poised to pull back, or was the proof meant to be the one-star rating?

    I don't get this.

  • Report this Comment On January 18, 2013, at 8:42 AM, magnaman1969 wrote:

    Awesome advice...

    RIM is up 7 % this morning on news it will license it's secure email network to Apple and Android phone users.

    As usual the Fools are too busy pumping Apple to see the real value.

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