Based on the aggregated intelligence of 130,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, specialty coffee giant Starbucks (NASDAQ:SBUX) has received the distressing two-star ranking.

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

Starbucks facts

Headquarters (founded)

Seattle, Washington (1985)

Market Cap

$7.76 billion


Specialty eateries

TTM Revenue

$10.23 billion


Founder/CEO Howard Schultz

CFO Troy Alstead

Return on Equity (average, last five years and TTM)

19.9% and 7.1%


McDonald's (NYSE:MCD)

Green Mountain Coffee Roasters (NASDAQ:GMCR)

Tim Hortons (NYSE:THI)

CAPS members bearish on SBUX also bearish on



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Citigroup (NYSE:C)

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

Over on CAPS, 1,653 of the 7,439 members who have rated Starbucks -- or 22% -- believe the stock will underperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bears include QuakerMan222 and Phillipcroy, who is ranked in the top 6% of our community.

Last month, QuakerMan222 urged investors to be cautious about Starbucks:

Although it is releasing a low-end brand, with the shutdown of nearly 600 stores and ax of 12,000 jobs this company is just too risky. It will still face competition from lower priced quality coffee brands such as Dunkin Donuts and McDonalds.

In a pitch from late January, Phillipcroy offers a more balanced bearish view:

Long term I think [Starbucks] will be fine, but the current economic environment DOES NOT lend itself to discretionary spending. I believe in what the company does, but for the next year or so I believe cost cutting measure which will help the bottom line in the long term, or going to take a bite out of short term results and the stock price will continue to suffer.

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Fool contributor Brian Pacampara owns no position in any of the companies mentioned. Starbucks is a Motley Fool Inside Value and Stock Advisor pick. Apple is also a selection of Stock Advisor. Google is a recommendation of Rule Breakers and Tim Hortons is a Global Gains choice. The Fool owns shares of Starbucks. The Fool's disclosure policy always gets a perfect score.