Based on the aggregated intelligence of 160,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, hotel and leisure company Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide (NYSE: HOT) has received the dreaded one-star ranking.

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

Starwood facts

Headquarters (Founded)

White Plains, New York (1969)

Market Cap

$8.9 billion


Hotels, resorts, and cruise lines

Trailing-12-Month Revenue

$4.7 billion


CEO Frits Van Paasschen (since 2007)
CFO Vasant Prabhu (since 2003)

Trailing-12-Month Return on Equity


Compound Annual Revenue and Net Income Growth (Over Past 3 Years)

(7.6%) and (58.8%)

Cash / Debt

$87.0 million / $3.0 billion

1-Year Return



Marriott International (NYSE: MAR)
Hyatt Hotels (NYSE: H)


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

On CAPS, 42% of the 401 members who have rated Starwood believe the stock will underperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bears include All-Stars havoc315 and UltraLong, both of whom are ranked in the top 2% of our community.

Just last week, havoc315 showed skepticism over Starwood's shooting price: "In the excitement of a rebounding economy, this stock has been now moved far beyond any reasonable value. Though it might still grow, it should underperform the S&P in the near future, as cooler heads prevail."

In a pitch from one week earlier, UltraLong also urged bulls to start checking out of the stock:

There is no tangible evidence that can be shown which supports a $50 price on this company. Starwood is trading at something like 120 times trailing earnings and a very generous 47 times 2011's figures. Revenues are flatter than a Kansas turnpike and long-term growth rates are a whopping 3-4%. They have just shy of 3 BILLION dollars in long-term debts (or about 1/3rd of their market cap in debt) and I don't think their real estate issues are anywhere near gone yet.

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Fool contributor Brian Pacampara owns no position in any of the companies mentioned. is a Motley Fool Stock Advisor pick. The Fool's disclosure policy always gets a perfect score.