Based on the aggregated intelligence of 145,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, United Airlines parent UAL (NASDAQ:UAUA) has received the dreaded one-star ranking.

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

UAL facts

Headquarters (Founded)

Chicago (1934)

Market Cap

$1.55 billion



Trailing-12-Month Revenue

$16.69 billion


Chairman/CEO Glenn Tilton (since 2002)
CFO Kathryn Mikells (since 2008)

Return on Capital (Average, Past 3 Years)



$2.53 billion / $7.81 billion

3-Month Return



Southwest Airlines (NYSE:LUV)

CAPS Members Bearish on UAUA Also Bearish on

Delta Air Lines (NYSE:DAL)
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CAPS Members Bullish on UAUA Also Bullish on

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

On CAPS, 57% of the 217 All-Star members who have rated UAL believe the stock will underperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bears include All-Stars mixamajic and MOSCapital, both of whom are ranked in the top 5% of our community.

In late October, mixamajic questioned how UAL would cover its current liabilities after yet another quarter in the red:

"United Airlines parent UAL Corp. reported a money-losing third quarter on Tuesday but said it is beginning to see signs that business travel could pick up soon." -- Still losing money? … Where is this company going to come up with $2.3 billion in the next year? Operations? No, per this report [UAL] is still losing money. Fools, I would love to hear the flip side on this one since some analysts are now rating this a buy. Is there something special about the airline industry?

In an earlier pitch, MOSCapital shared that same negative feeling:

It has negative cash flow, negative earnings, negative return on investment, negative return on equity, negative return on assets, negative profit margins, negative cash return, and about a million different other things that are negative. … Bottom Line: A horrible industry combined with more loss years than not and a horrible just about everything else, makes this a no brainer no investment

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Fool contributor Brian Pacampara owns no position in any of the companies mentioned. The Fool's disclosure policy always gets a perfect score.