Based on the aggregated intelligence of 180,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, customer relations management software specialist (NYSE:CRM) has received the dreaded one-star ranking.

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

salesforce facts


Headquarters (founded)

San Francisco (1999)

Market Cap

$25.3 billion


Application software

Trailing-12-Month Revenue

$3.1 billion


Co-Founder/Chairman/CEO Marc Benioff

CFO Graham Smith

Return on Capital (average, past 3 years)



$867.6 million / $647.9 million





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

On CAPS, 49% of the 1,857 members who have rated salesforce believe the stock will underperform the S&P 500 going forward.

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

Expenses are consistently growing faster than revenue and the Company has not made any money for multiple years. R&D is [skyrocketing ]to keep the pace of innovation about that of the company's numerous strong competitors (IBM, Microsoft). Who knows maybe or Google will jump into the space too, they love doing everything.

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