Based on the aggregated intelligence of 145,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, paper and packaging company International Paper (NYSE:IP) has received a distressing two-star ranking.

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

International Paper facts

Headquarters (Founded)

Memphis, Tenn. (1898)

Market Cap

$10.61 billion


Paper products

Trailing-12-Month Revenue

$23.94 billion


CEO John Faraci (since 2003)
CFO Timothy Nicholls (since 2007)

Trailing-12-Month Return on Equity


Cash / Debt

$1.65 billion / $9.66 billion

1-Year Return



Weyerhaeuser (NYSE:WY)

CAPS Members Bearish on IP Also Bearish on

Ford Motor (NYSE:F)
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Bank of America (NYSE:BAC)

CAPS Members Bullish on IP Also Bullish on

General Electric (NYSE:GE)

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

On CAPS, 17% of the 401 members who have rated International Paper believe the stock will underperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bears include smartdanny and All-Star SeekBalance, who is ranked in the top 17% of our community.

This past summer, smartdanny described International Paper as a brutal business selling at a bad price: This stock is overbought, and the company is in a shrinking industry."

In a more recent pitch from last week, SeekBalance wrote that the company continues to look rough on paper:

[International Paper] bottomed under 5. So why has this troubled company quintupled from there in the past 9 months. Sure beats me -- continuing negative EPS and a mountain of debt in a contracting industry. Federal subsidies ending, and has recently announced a price increase in the face of industry oversupply. OOPS! Due for a big correction.

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Fool contributor Brian Pacampara owns no position in any of the companies mentioned. Apple and Ford Motor are Motley Fool Stock Advisor recommendations. The Fool's disclosure policy always gets a perfect score.