Based on the aggregated intelligence of 145,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, teen apparel retailer Abercrombie & Fitch (NYSE:ANF) has received the dreaded one-star ranking.

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

Abercrombie facts

Headquarters (Founded)

New Albany, Ohio (1892)

Market Cap

$3.1 billion


Apparel retail

Trailing-12-Month Revenue

$3.0 billion


CEO Michael Jeffries (since 1992)
CFO Jonathan Ramsden (since 2008)

Trailing-12-Month Return on Equity


1-Year Return



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

On CAPS, 28.5% of the 1,128 members who have rated Abercrombie believe the stock will underperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bears include baselineace and All-Star wvwheeling, who is ranked in the top 1% of our community.

This past weekend, baselineace noticed that the brand seemed to be slipping out of style:

Stores are nowhere near as busy as they should be, even in a down economy. The firm's overaggressive expansion is going to sting big time when stores have to start closing. The failure of Ruehl locations, which have now all closed, should be indicative of the entire company's future.

In an earlier pitch, wvwheeling offers a pair of reasons why the stock is a bad fit for Fools:

First, they seem a bit overvalued at 20x forward earnings. All economists seem to believe the U.S. will have another jobless recovery, which might mean these estimates are high. … Second, in the long run, it is very difficult to maintain profits on selling overpriced merchandise on brand alone. Certainly it can be done, but it is not easy. And retailers, if they run into a long difficult patch, are usually hit hard given their capital structure.

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Fool contributor Brian Pacampara owns no position in any of the companies mentioned. Amazon is a Motley Fool Stock Advisor pick, and Google is a recommendation of Rule Breakers. The Fool has a financial position in Abercrombie & Fitch. The Fool's disclosure policy always gets a perfect score.