Based on the aggregated intelligence of 140,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, Continental Airlines (NYSE:CAL) has received the dreaded one-star ranking.

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

Continental facts

Headquarters (Founded)

Houston (1934)

Market Cap

$2.2 billion



Trailing-12-Month Revenue

$13.7 billion


Chairman/CEO Lawrence Kellner (since 2004)

CFO Zane Rowe (since 2008)

Return on Capital (Average, Past 3 Years)


3-Month Return



Southwest Airlines (NYSE:LUV)


CAPS Members Bearish on CAL Also Bearish on


Delta Air Lines (NYSE:DAL)

CAPS Members Bullish on CAL Also Bullish on



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

On CAPS, 44% of the 627 members who have rated Continental believe the stock will underperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bears include CharlieBombay and DarthMaul09.

Less than two months ago, CharlieBombay touched on the turbulent winds working against Continental: "High oil prices. Reduced capacity utilization. Low fares this summer. Lower traffic this coming winter."

In a pitch from two weeks ago, DarthMaul09 warned that the stock was flying at dangerously high altitudes:

An almost straight climb higher over the last three months seems a bit unusual for a company which has struggled along with its peers to maintain a profit. The stock market rally since March may have floated all the boats higher, but if the current correction lasts for more than a few weeks, will the potential passengers delay or cancel travel plans? Will this be a repeat of Fall/Winter 2008? There appears to be more downside risk than upside potential to warrant investing in the airlines at this time.

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