Based on the aggregated intelligence of 145,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, online retail giant (NASDAQ:AMZN) has received a distressing two-star ranking.

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

Amazon facts

Headquarters (Founded)

Seattle (1994)

Market Cap

$58.3 billion


Internet retail

Trailing-12-Month Revenue

$21.69 billion


Founder/CEO Jeffrey Bezos
CFO Thomas Szkutak

Trailing-12-Month Return on Assets


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

78.7 and 21.6

1-Year Return


Competitors (NASDAQ:OSTK)
Wal-Mart (NYSE:WMT)

CAPS Members Bearish on AMZN Also Bearish on


CAPS Members Bullish on AMZN Also Bullish on

Johnson & Johnson (NYSE:JNJ)

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

On CAPS, 27% of the 4,437 members who have rated Amazon believe the stock will underperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bears include All-Star killtheump, who is ranked in the top 6% of our community, and mistercube.

Just last week, killtheump wrote that the bear case all boiled down to price:

Don't get me wrong, [Amazon] is a great stock, and it's run by a visionary leader. Still, a P/E ratio of 80 is asking a lot. I wish I'd been invested during what's been a great year for [Amazon], and I'll be looking for an opportunity to climb aboard for the next run. Now is not the time, however.

In a pitch from one week earlier, mistercube also warned Fools about piling on Amazon:

[T]he story here has been the same for months: Valuation. We are fast approaching a triple-digit earnings multiple, and though the next positive report may correct it downward, we're still going to be talking about a pricey stock in January. …

I realize Amazon is diversifying beyond retail, has a killer proprietary product (though I still personally find the Kindle's long-term usefulness dubious), and just floats along on a river of greenbacks. But if you buy it today, you're not actually getting any of that money, and I reckon it's a long time before you do. This is a great story stock, easy to understand, with great name-recognition, and those are exactly the reasons it's oversaturated right now.

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Fool contributor Brian Pacampara owns no position in any of the companies mentioned. Amazon, eBay, and Apple are all Motley Fool Stock Advisor selections. Wal-Mart is an Inside Value choice, Johnson & Johnson is an Income Investor pick, and Google is a recommendation of Rule Breakers. The Fool has a financial position in Johnson & Johnson. The Fool's disclosure policy always gets a perfect score.