Based on the aggregated intelligence of 180,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, rural telecommunications company Windstream (NASDAQ:WINMQ) has received a distressing two-star ranking.

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

Windstream facts


Little Rock, Ark.

Market Cap

$5.1 billion


Integrated telecommunication services

Trailing-12-Month Revenue

$5.9 billion


CEO Jeffery Gardner (since 2006)

CFO Anthony Thomas (since 2009)

Return on Capital (average, past 3 years)



$114.8 million / $9.2 billion

Dividend Yield




Sprint Nextel (NYSE:S)

Verizon Communications (NYSE:VZ)

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

On CAPS, 10% of the 3,846 members who have rated Windstream believe the stock will underperform the S&P 500 going forward.

Just last month, one of those Fools, NHWeston, succinctly summed up the Windstream bear case for our community:

I don't see happy things for this company. Their technology is behind the times, they don't do anything others don't do better, their dividend is probably unsustainable, and I can't see them being bought out until they ratched down to yard sale level. Worrisome.

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