Based on the aggregated intelligence of 130,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, organic food grocer Whole Foods Market (NASDAQ:WFMI) has received a distressing two-star ranking.

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

Whole Foods facts

Headquarters (founded)

Austin, Texas (1978)

Market Cap

$2.78 billion


Food retail

TTM Revenue

$7.95 billion


Co-Founder/Chairman/CEO John Mackey
CFO Glenda Chamberlain

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

11.4% and 6.0%

Price-to-Earnings (WFMI and S&P 500)

30.7 and 12.0


Kroger (NYSE:KR)
Wal-Mart (NYSE:WMT)

CAPS members bearish on WFMI also bearish on

General Electric (NYSE:GE)

CAPS members bullish on WFMI also bullish on

General Motors (NYSE:GM)
Ford (NYSE:F)

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

Over on CAPS, 193 of the 1,091 All-Star members who have rated Whole Foods -- some 18% -- believe the stock will underperform the S&P 500 going forward. Among the entire bearish population are Destroyerman87 and falcon2382, the latter of whom is ranked in the top 2% of our community.

Late last month, Destroyerman87 tapped Whole Foods as a natural underperform pick:

For all of its highminded values (which I support), I can't imagine this stock doing well in an environment where luxury is vilified. Too trendy, not yet accepted by most Americans. Another good point from a highly rated Capper - other grocery chains can diversify product lines to expand into this market, whereas [Whole Foods] needs to build more stores to expand its share. Good company but not destined to perform well in the near term.

In a pitch from one week earlier, falcon2382 shared that bearish sentiment :

Anyone who has ever been to Whole Foods knows its a different (very positive) grocery shopping experience. But that comes at a price. That price is relatively much steeper during recessions, and even if basic problems with the economy get fixed over the near future, luxury grocery boutiques are not going to be the first to return to a healthy growth model. People will continue to cut back on unnecessary financial adventures.

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Fool contributor Brian Pacampara owns no position in any of the companies mentioned. Whole Foods and Apple are Motley Fool Stock Advisor picks. Wal-Mart is a recommendation of Inside Value. The Fool's disclosure policy always gets a perfect score.