Based on the aggregated intelligence of 180,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, newspaper publisher Gannett (NYSE: GCI) has received a distressing two-star ranking.

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

Gannett facts

Headquarters (founded) McLean, Va. (1906)
Market Cap $3.1 billion
Industry Publishing
Trailing-12-Month Revenue $5.2 billion
Management CEO Gracia Martore
Chief Marketing Officer Maryam Banikarim
Return on Equity (average, past 3 years) 23.7%
Cash/Debt $157.5 million / $1.7 billion
Dividend Yield 6%
Competitors The McClatchy Co.
The New York Times Co.

Sources: S&P Capital IQ and Motley Fool CAPS.

On CAPS, 27% of the 444 members who have rated Gannett believe the stock will underperform the S&P 500 going forward.

Just last week, one of those Fools, CoreAndExplore, succinctly summed up the bear case for our community:

There's a clearly defined ceiling, but no floor whatsoever with declining revenues and high levels of debt. The newspaper business is consolidating to the point where only a couple of national papers ... and a bevy of low-profit regional papers survive, and even then the outcome for those is not exactly rosy.

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