Based on the aggregated intelligence of 130,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, kitchenware and home decor retailer Williams-Sonoma (NYSE:WSM) has received the dreaded one-star ranking.

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

Williams-Sonoma facts

Headquarters (founded)

San Francisco, Calif. (1956)

Market Cap

$1.37 billion


Home furnishings retail

TTM Revenue

$3.36 billion


Chairman/CEO W. Howard Lester
COO/CFO Sharon Mccollam


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

16.0% and 2.6%


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CAPS members bearish on WSM also bearish on

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

Over on CAPS, 86 of the 225 members who have rated Williams-Sonoma -- some 38% -- believe the stock will underperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bears include Tastylunch and All-Star TSIF, both of whom are ranked in the top 5% of our community.

In late December, Tastylunch gave us the dish on this company: "Luxury retailer that sells easily downtradable kitchen products. Insiders dumping shares like they have the plague (5 million and counting!)."

In a pitch from one week earlier, TSIF elaborates on that negative sentiment:

Retailers have been catching some updrafts lately as some continue to outperform, but others are still on edge. … It is difficult for me to be bullish on retailers with discretionary items. … While I am tepid or adverse to rating retailers due to Mr. Market's lack of fundamentals, [Williams-Sonoma's] books show that it's only being propped up by positive sentiment. Major insider selling.… These are not good signs for a retailer with 627 store fronts and a lot of overhead. Couple these statistics with many of [Williams-Sonoma's] products being discretionary, especially the pottery, decorations, furnishings and unless the low interest rates spike a move in new mortgages, they are in for a difficult few quarters.

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