Based on the aggregated intelligence of 180,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, computer giant Dell (UNKNOWN:UNKNOWN) has received an alarming one-star ranking.

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

Dell facts

Headquarters (founded)

Round Rock, Texas (1984)

Market Cap

$18.2 billion


Computer hardware

Trailing-12-Month Revenue

$58.7 billion


Founder/Chairman/CEO Michael Dell
CFO Brian Gladden

Return on Equity (average, past 3 years)


Cash / Debt

$11.3 billion / $9.0 billion

Dividend Yield



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

On CAPS, 39% of the 267 members who have rated Dell believe the stock will underperform the S&P 500 going forward.

Just yesterday, one of those Fools, JohnStuartMill, succinctly summed up the Dell bear case for our community:

Sluggishness moving into new markets has never been favorable in the technology industry. Clearly [Dell] is behind the eight ball. Where improving manufacturing inefficiencies has been beneficial in the past, that type of business plan can only go on for so long. The move out of PCs into IT and more servers and networking services has also been slow and management may not be capable of moving fast enough.

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