Based on the aggregated intelligence of 160,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, auto parts supplier Federal-Mogul (Nasdaq: FDML) has received the dreaded one-star ranking.

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

Federal-Mogul facts

Headquarters (Founded)

Southfield, Mich. (1899)

Market Cap

$1.95 billion


Auto parts and equipment

Trailing-12-Month Revenue

$5.33 billion


CEO Jose Alapont (since 2005)

CFO Jeff Kaminski (since 2008)

Return on Capital (Average, Past 3 Years)


Compound Annual Revenue Growth (Over Past 3 Years)


1-Year Return



$1 billion / $2.9 billion


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

On CAPS, 57% of the 65 members who have rated Federal-Mogul believe the stock will underperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bears include All-Stars mrindependent and UltraLong, both of whom are ranked in the top 1% of our community.

Late last week, mrindependent explained why the stock was moving at dangerously high speeds:

I see nothing that makes this company worth 1.9 times book value. Federal Mogul perpetually loses too much money and debt is higher than it should be. Supposedly, the company will earn $1.00 per share in 2010 and $1.67 per share in 2011. I personally doubt it.

In a pitch from two months ago, UltraLong shared that bearish attitude:

Federal Mogul is producing profits only by cutting 11,000 jobs (yes... eleven thousand!) or 22% of their workforce. ... Did that really produce huge profits? Not really, just 10 cents for the quarter. If they did that for 4 quarters in a row they'd still be trading at nearly 45 times earnings while revenues continue to trail lower by 20% per quarter. ... Net debt is over 2 billion dollars.... it's just yuck, gack and blech all rolled up into one. ... I don't know if [Federal-Mogul] will die this time around, but this is absolutely not worth $18.

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