Based on the aggregated intelligence of 125,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, education provider Apollo Group (NASDAQ:APOL) has received the distressing two-star ranking. While one-star stocks have been the worst performers, our data has shown that two-star stocks still lag the market by a significant margin and should be approached with caution; conversely, highly-rated stocks have outperformed the S&P.

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

Apollo facts

Headquarters (founded)

Phoenix (1973)

Market Cap

$12.34 billion


Education and Training Services

TTM Revenue

$3.14 billion


Founder/Chairman Dr. John Sperling
CEO Rob McGregor

P/E Ratio (APOL and S&P 500)

27 and 13.4


Strayer Education (NASDAQ:STRA)

CAPS members bearish on APOL also bearish on:

General Electric (NYSE:GE)

CAPS members bullish on APOL also bullish on:

General Motors (NYSE:GM) (NASDAQ:AMZN)

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

Over on CAPS, 25 of the 181 All-Star members who have rated Apollo -- some 14% -- believe the stock will underperform the S&P 500 going forward. Among the rest of the general bearish population are EnigmaDude and hateninja.

Late last month, EnigmaDude wrote that Apollo's bear case all boiled down to valuation: "great fundamentals but price (PE, P/B, P/S) is way too high for this market!"

In a pitch from three weeks earlier, hateninja agrees, citing several of Apollo's headwinds as reason to drop out of the stock:

I worked for the [University of Phoenix (UOP)] as a contractor for a few months and have nothing against the company. They own many of their assets, as opposed to leasing, which in turn provides them with a significant long-term cost advantage.

Be that as it may, it costs too much to go to school there. Part of their success is that it's convenient. And while this wasn't a problem over the past decade, it will be very soon. Many of those who will be laid off in the coming months/year will enroll at a publicly-funded college for much less money, because they have more time available being unemployed. Another problem is that some employers do not recognize a UOP online degree as the same one from a regular college or university.

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