Based on the aggregated intelligence of 145,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, IT management company CA (NASDAQ:CA) has earned a dreaded two-star ranking.

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

CA facts

Headquarters (Founded)

Islandia, N.Y. (1974)

Market Cap

$11.7 billion


Systems software

Trailing-12-Month Revenue

$4.2 billion


CEO John Swainson

COO Michael Christenson

Return on Equity (Average, Past 3 Years)


Cash / Debt

$3.0 billion / $1.9 billion

Component of



Hewlett-Packard (NYSE:HPQ)


CAPS Members Bullish on CA Also Bullish on

Cisco Systems (NASDAQ:CSCO)

Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT)

CAPS Members Bearish on CA Also Bearish on

Ford Motor (NYSE:F)

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

On CAPS, 39% of the 191 members who have rated CA believe the stock will underperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bears include longtimelong and SophicFool.

Last year, longtimelong introduced this company to us as one that lacked clear direction:

Cutting jobs in the US and hiring abroad to increase profits. No innovation. No flagship product. Even the company name CA was a horrible choice (abbreviation for California). ... Unfortunately, there aren't any pieces to this company that someone would want to buy or investors could get some money via being acquired.

In May, SophicFool took a more balanced view of the software company:

While I feel this stock will grow over the next year, that growth will most likely not be better than the S&P 500 over that same time span.

CA deals with a wide variety of software used in IT to better manage their infrastructure. In particular IT security management and storage management. Since 2007 management has made a concerted effort to help their customers better control and manage their resources instead of replacing them. In a hard economic cycle, reorganizing instead of replacing should be a preference of many business owners as a way of saving money.

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Jim Royal owns shares in Microsoft. Microsoft is a Motley Fool Inside Value recommendation, and Motley Fool Options has recommended a diagonal call position on the company. The Fool's disclosure policy always gets a perfect score.