As an investor, it doesn't pay to follow the crowd.

In this series, though, we highlight a possible exception -- the collective wisdom of our CAPS community. Read the next section if you're unfamiliar with our methodology. Skip it if you want to go straight to the results.

Why this crowd is different
Jumping into a stock because your rich neighbor did, or because you heard about it from your friend's uncle who used to work on Wall Street, or because CNBC has been talking about it nonstop is a recipe for disaster.

If there's one thing I've learned as a stock analyst, it's that any stock can be gussied up to sound like a world-beater. If there's a second thing I've learned, it's that being a smart person doesn't make you a good investor.

In the hands of a smart person with good communication skills, the never-were and never-will-be stocks sound like tickets to instant fortune. The ancient Greek philosophers made the distinction between rhetoric and knowledge. The former is convincing; the latter is true.

That's why we factor in track record in our Motley Fool CAPS community. We invite everyone to give stocks an outperform (akin to a "buy" call) or underperform rating (akin to a "sell" call) in CAPS. We then use those opinions to calculate a rating for each stock -- from one to five stars (five being the best). But -- and this is a big distinction -- we give more weight to the opinions of folks whose picks have performed well in the past.

The top 10 banking underperform calls
So, with that methodology as prelude, I present to you the 10 one- and two-star banking stocks with the most CAPS community member underperform ratings (I used a minimum market capitalization of $100 million). Remember, stocks are rated on a five-star scale by our CAPS community, so one- and two-star stocks are consensus underperforms.

Company Name

 Market Cap (in millions)

52-Week Price Change %

Price to Earnings (TTM)

CAPS Rating (out of 5)

Underperform Picks

Fifth Third Bancorp (Nasdaq: FITB)

$8,787

2%

NM

**

369

UBS (NYSE: UBS)

             $62,006

(11%)

13.4

**

300

HSBC (NYSE: HBC)

            $170,022

(12%)

28.6

**

210

Deutsche Bank (NYSE: DB)

             $39,357

(8%)

5.5

**

203

Credit Suisse (NYSE: CS)

             $51,465

(16%)

8.8

*

195

SunTrust Banks (NYSE: STI)

             $11,588

(2%)

NM

**

192

Regions Financial (NYSE: RF)

              $8,239

10%

NM

**

171

KeyCorp

              $6,470

10%

NM

**

167

PNC Financial

             $26,564

18%

9.5

**

155

Zions Bancorporation

              $3,175

1%

NM

*

148

Source: Motley Fool CAPS. NM= not meaningful.

Many of the banks above are dealing with concerns over negative earnings, continuing write-downs, and still-shaky loan portfolios. The CAPS community isn't impressed with these 10.

More CAPS members think regional bank Fifth Third is an underperform than any other banking stock. Do you think it deserves this lack of love? Make your thoughts known in CAPS by clicking here. Or just go there to do further research on one of these popular stocks.

You can see the flip side -- the 10 top-rated bank stocks by clicking here.

Anand Chokkavelu doesn't own shares of any company mentioned. The Fool has a disclosure policy.