Based on the aggregated intelligence of 120,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, luxury homebuilder Toll Brothers (NYSE:TOL) has received the dreaded one-star ranking. Our data has shown that one-star stocks woefully lag the market average; conversely, five-star stocks outperform the S&P by a significant margin.

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

Toll Brothers facts

Headquarters (founded)

Horsham, Pa. (1967)

Market Cap

$2.37 Billion


Residential Construction

Trailing-12-Month Revenue

$3.63 Billion


Co-Founder/CEO Robert Toll

Co-Founder/Vice Chairman Bruce Toll

Return on Equity (Average, Past Five Years and TTM)

16.3% and (8.7%)


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Pulte Homes (NYSE:PHM)

CAPS Members Bearish on TOL Also Bearish on:

Goldman Sachs (NYSE:GS)

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CAPS Members Bullish on TOL Also Bullish on:

DR Horton (NYSE:DHI)


Sources: Capital IQ (a division of Standard & Poor's) and Motley Fool CAPS.

Over on CAPS, 357 of the 448 All-Star members who have rated Toll Brothers -- some 80% -- believe the stock will underperform the S&P 500 going forward. These Fools include dexion10 and SharpSEO, both of whom are ranked in the top 10% of our community.

Late last month, dexion10 noticed a simple bearish signal: "One of the best homebuilders - but the insider selling ... should have anyone who is long this stock scared."

In a pitch just four days earlier, SharpSEO shares that sentiment and taps Toll as being in a seriously sickly situation:

Luxury home builder in this market? Hard to see any positives here. Those hoping for a quick rebound in the housing market seem optimistic or delusional, depending on your point of view. Rate cut may be a ray of hope, but will it actually lower mortgage rates? And banks still seem to be hoarding their cash instead of lending.

There are a couple scenarios where homebuilders could bounce, of course. A big rate cut and more cash pumped into banks may eventually prompt them to lend a bit. But that's a band-aid. They may pass more incentives for home-buyers; gauze for a wound. If they start buying up houses directly, that's the equivalent of "Charging ... CLEAR!" for the housing market.

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Fool contributor Brian Pacampara owns no position in any of the companies mentioned. Bank of America is a Motley Fool Income Investor pick. The Fool's disclosure policy always gets a perfect score.