Why Pandora Is Poised to Pull Back

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Based on the aggregated intelligence of 180,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, online radio company Pandora Media (NYSE: P  ) has received an alarming one-star ranking.

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

Pandora facts


Headquarters (founded)

Oakland, Calif. (2000)

Market Cap

$2.1 billion



Trailing-12-Month Revenue

$383.4 million


Chairman/CEO Joseph Kennedy

Founder/Chief Strategy Officer Timothy Westergren

Trailing-12-Month Return on Equity



$80.5 million / $0


CBS Radio

Clear Channel Communications


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

On CAPS, 65% of the 585 members who have rated Pandora believe the stock will underperform the S&P 500 going forward.

Just last week, one of those Fools, tshef, succinctly summed up the bear case for our community:

With the current Pandora model, the company will not be able to keep up with the multiple new options that are beginning to emerge. As Spotify continues to increase its presence in the music industry, and with the emergence of apps such as Tunein and iheartradio, I believe that Pandora is going to have trouble keeping up their revenue stream. With a price/book ratio of [22], the stock appears to be significantly overpriced.

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Brian has been writing for The Fool since 2006, and currently covers consumer goods stocks. He has a B.A. from Western University (Ontario, Canada) and holds the CFA designation.

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