Based on the aggregated intelligence of 170,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, computer giant Dell (Nasdaq: DELL) has received a distressing two-star ranking.

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

Dell facts

Headquarters (Founded) Round Rock, Texas (1984)
Market Cap $27 billion
Industry Computer hardware
Trailing-12-Month Revenue $60.7 billion

Founder/Chairman/CEO Michael Dell

CFO Brian Gladden

Return on Equity (Average Past 3 Years) 39%
Cash/Debt $13.38 billion / $6 billion

Apple (Nasdaq: AAPL)

Hewlett-Packard (NYSE: HPQ)

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

On CAPS, 29% of the 5,595 members who have rated Dell believe the stock will underperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bears include jdhowards and All-Star Jeffreyw, who is ranked in the top 5% of our community.

Late last month, jdhowards showed skepticism about Dell's expansion plans: "They indicate the same late to market mentality that has been more the norm than the exception since Dell's return as CEO. The combination of Public and Enterprise segments to be led by Paul Bell has happened how many times?"

Over the next five years, Dell is even expected to grow at a slower pace (7.2% per annum) than PC foes Apple (20.6%) and Hewlett (11%), as well as rivals in the server space Cisco Systems (Nasdaq: CSCO) (12%) and IBM (10.9%).

CAPS All-Star Jeffreyw elaborates on the bear case:

Dell just hangs on as consumers are less than enthusiastic about incremental technological improvements. They are well positioned with a wide range of products and state of the art manufacturing facilities and processes, costs are well controlled, but there just isn't a lot of discretionary income fueling demand, sales are mostly need based, not impulse buys.

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