Based on the aggregated intelligence of 130,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, newspaper publisher Gannett (NYSE:GCI) has received a distressing two-star ranking.

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

Gannett facts

Headquarters (founded)

McLean, Va. (1906)

Market Cap

$541.33 million



TTM Revenue

$6.77 billion


President/CEO Craig Dubow (since 2005)

CFO Gracia Martore (since 2003)

TTM Return on Equity



New York Times Co. (NYSE:NYT)

Washington Post Co. (NYSE:WPO)

CAPS members bearish on GCI also bearish on:

General Electric (NYSE:GE)

Bank of America (NYSE:BAC)

CAPS members bullish on GCI also bullish on:

General Motors (NYSE:GM)

Citigroup (NYSE:C)

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

Over on CAPS, some 32% of the 298 members who have rated Gannett believe the stock will underperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bears include Babachrono and All-Star Option1307, who is ranked in the top 7% of our community.

Just yesterday, Babachrono helped spread the bearish news on Gannett:

Too much debt, not nearly the cash to cover ... revenue and [net income] have been on the decline as the print news industry falls out of favor to Internet based options ... stock will continue to sink until the management begins to branch into Internet based news reporting.

In a pitch from last month, Option1307 shares that gloomy sentiment:

Have you seen their chart lately? The downward momentum here is incredible and I like gambling with Caps points, down we go some more...

I actually like their signature newspaper (USA Today), and read it frequently; however, the age of the newspaper is rapidly declining and likely doomed forever.

Never try and catch a falling knife, especially in a horrible industry that fell off a cliff 5 years ago.

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Fool contributor Brian Pacampara owns no position in any of the companies mentioned. The Fool's disclosure policy always gets a perfect score.