Based on the aggregated intelligence of 180,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, U.S. cable operator Charter Communications (NASDAQ:CHTR) has received an alarming one-star ranking.

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

Charter facts

Headquarters (founded)

St. Louis (1999)

Market Cap

$8.6 billion

Industry

Cable and satellite

Trailing-12-Month Revenue

$7.5 billion

Management

CEO Thomas Rutledge (since 2012)

CFO Christopher Winfrey (since 2011)

Return on Equity (average, past 3 years)

(54%)

Cash/Debt

$700 million / $12.8 billion

Competitors

Comcast 

Time Warner Cable 

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

On CAPS, 70% of the 27 members who have rated Charter believe the stock will underperform the S&P 500 going forward.

Just yesterday, one of those Fools, Clint35, succinctly summed up the Charter bear case for our community:

Way overvalued! Lots of debt. Not profitable on an [EPS] basis. Not making much money on a cash flow basis either. On their latest earnings report sales improved by about 4% compared to the year before. So even if they earned $1.00 per share, the P/E would be around 85. That's for a company growing sales at about 4% a year! Absolutely nuts!

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