Based on the aggregated intelligence of 140,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, specialty coffee giant Starbucks (NASDAQ:SBUX) has received a 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, Wash. (1985)

Market Cap

$14.79 billion



Trailing-12-Month Revenue

$9.87 billion


Founder/CEO Howard Schultz

CFO Troy Alstead

Revenue and Net Income Growth (Over Past Year)

(4.3%) and (47.5%)

Cash / Debt

$336.7 million / $549.8 million

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

60.4 and 18.4


McDonald's (NYSE:MCD)

Tim Hortons (NYSE:THI)

CAPS Members Bearish on SBUX Also Bearish on

Ford (NYSE:F)

Citigroup (NYSE:C)


CAPS Members Bullish on SBUX Also Bullish on


Sources: Capital IQ (a division of Standard & Poor's) and Motley Fool CAPS.

On CAPS, 23.5% of the 7,375 members who have rated Starbucks believe the stock will underperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bears include BearTill2012 and All-Star JakilaTheHunII, who is ranked in the top 15% of our community.

Just last month, BearTill2012 persuaded Fools to perk up to the macro perspective: "Unemployment is climbing faster than the government will admit, and consumer credit is contracting. Neither of these conditions bodes well for a premium coffee house like Starbucks."

In an earlier pitch, JakilaTheHunII also taps the stock as increasingly untrendy. Here's an excerpt:

I can't help but to think that Starbucks has some rough treading ahead. They've reached the limits of expansion, and now, they have to deal with K-cups, too; not to mention the fact that fast food industry powerhouse McDonald's is trying to mimic the [Starbucks] formula. ...

The main reason people continue to buy in is based on the "good company" premise. Honestly, I've never been convinced that [Starbucks] was ever anything more than a(n admittedly long-lasting) trend. They aren't going away, but I can't see them growing like crazy in the future.

All in all, the trends are working against [Starbucks], we're in a difficult consumer environment, they market expensive products, and the stock looks rather pricey.

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