Based on the aggregated intelligence of 170,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, BlackBerry maker Research In Motion (Nasdaq: RIMM) has received a distressing two-star ranking.

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

RIM facts

Headquarters (founded)

Waterloo, Canada (1984)

Market Cap

$27.4 billion


Communications equipment

Trailing-12-Month Revenue

$19.9 billion


Co-Founder/Co-Chairman/Co-CEO Michael Lazaridis
Co-Chairman/Co-CEO James Balsillie

Return on Equity (average past 3 years)



$2.1 billion / $0


Apple (Nasdaq: AAPL)
Google (Nasdaq: GOOG)
Microsoft (Nasdaq: MSFT)

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

On CAPS, 18% of the 5,415 members who have rated RIM believe the stock will underperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bears include jameslopez and DolonAltekar.

Late last year, jameslopez touched on the competitive headwinds working against RIM:

The combination of iphone, android and windows phone 7 will cause the email phone market to be subsumed by the rise of the software powered phones where interface matters, hardware quality matters, style matters and the utilitarian blackberry is no longer appealing.

Over the past five years, RIM's operating margin has even declined 660 basis points. Meanwhile, fierce rivals Apple, Google, and Microsoft have all seen their operating margins increase in the same time frame.

CAPS member DolonAltekar elaborates on the bear case:

RIMM is TRYING to stay relevant with the introduction of the Playbook tablet. But while that device seems to have nice hardware and operating system (We don't really know until the thing actually ships), the management seems utterly clueless. The CEO's recent comments about the Playbook running Android apps shows this. He seems to think it's nothing more than a box to check and not important at all otherwise. What he's not giving is a coherent message and strategy -- it's more like we'll provide anything you want -- Flash, check, Web, check, Native Apps, Check, Android and Blackberry Apps, check. No evidence exists that there is a shred of thought to how this device fits into an overall ecosystem or any real coherent strategy at all.

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