Based on the aggregated intelligence of 180,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, book retailer Barnes & Noble
With that in mind, let's take a closer look at Barnes & Noble's business and see what CAPS investors are saying about the stock right now.
Barnes & Noble facts
|Headquarters (founded)||New York (1986)|
|Market Cap||$725.0 million|
|Trailing-12-Month Revenue||$7.1 billion|
|Management||Founder/Chairman Leonard Riggio
CEO William Lynch
|Return on Equity (average, past 3 years)||(7.8%)|
|Cash/Debt||$54.1 million / $474.2 million|
Sources: S&P Capital IQ and Motley Fool CAPS.
On CAPS, 54% of the 650 members who have rated Barnes & Noble believe the stock will underperform the S&P 500 going forward.
[Barnes & Noble] just informed me they are cutting my club membership discounts and raising my costs. [Barnes & Noble] is gasping, trying to imitate and yet falling further behind competitors like [Amazon]. They have begun to invite Starbucks and Caribou Coffee and other "sit-and-read" businesses into their space, but that will likely only prolong the decision to "reinvent" as some sort of REIT or to evaporate. Booklover that I am, it saddens me profoundly.
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