Based on the aggregated intelligence of 120,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, German carmaker Daimler (NYSE:DAI) 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 Daimler's business, and see what CAPS investors are saying about the stock right now.

Daimler facts

Headquarters (founded)

Stuttgart, Germany (1883)

Market Cap

$28.91 billion


Auto manufacturers

TTM Revenue

$139.52 billion


CEO Robert Nardelli (since 2007)

CFO Ronald Kolka (since 2007)

Compound Annual Revenue Growth (over last three years)



Toyota Motor (NYSE:TM),

Honda Motor (NYSE:HMC)

CAPS members bearish on DAI also bearish on

General Electric (NYSE:GE),


CAPS members bullish on DAI also bullish on

General Motors (NYSE:GM),

Ford Motor (NYSE:F)

Sources: Capital IQ (a division of Standard & Poor's), and Motley Fool CAPS. TTM = trailing 12 months.

Over on CAPS, fully 64 of the 92 All-Star members who have rated Daimler -- some 70% -- believe the stock will underperform the S&P 500 going forward. These Fools include dew250 and uclayoda87, both of whom are ranked in the top 5% of our community.

Just last week, dew250 summed up the bear case using simple addition: “luxury plus motor vehicles... watch as interest rates and tightening belts kill their earnings and profits.”

In an earlier pitch from late October, uclayoda87 shared that bearish sentiment, writing:

Car sales are down in general due to the uncertain economy and tight credit. I also doubt that people want to buy a new expensive car that runs on only gas. Its like buying an old computer at an inflated price. When the auto industry comes out with a good quality gas/electric car or minivan that is a good value, then buyers will return.

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