Based on the aggregated intelligence of 145,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, Chinese auto parts provider China Automotive Systems (NASDAQ:CAAS) has received a distressing two-star ranking.

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

China Automotive facts

Headquarters (Founded)

Jing Zhou City, China (2003)

Market Cap

$566.4 million


Auto parts

Trailing-12-Month Revenue

$210.1 million


Co-Founder/CEO Qizhou Wu
CFO Jie Li

Return on Assets (Average, Past 3 Years)


1-Year Return



$45.9 million / $66.3 million

Other Auto Parts Alternatives

Johnson Controls (NYSE:JCI)
BorgWarner (NYSE:BWA)

CAPS Members Bullish on CAAS Also Bearish on

Aluminum Corp. of China (NYSE:ACH)

CAPS Members Bearish on CAAS Also Bullish on

Canadian Solar (NASDAQ:CSIQ)

Sources: Capital IQ (a division of Standard & Poor's) and Motley Fool CAPS.

On CAPS, 15% of the 322 members who have rated China Automotive believe the stock will underperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bears include topsecret09 and All-Star vanamonde, who is ranked in the top 15% of our community.

Late last month, topsecret09 offered Fools solid reasons to steer away from the stock: 

Heavy insider selling lately. Stock is near all time highs. … Just cannot see too much more upside here. This one is fully valued at these levels, and that does not leave too much room for error.

In a pitch from last week, vanamode adds some insider insight of his own:

Chart running through the roof, good earnings report on November 12 with projected 40% revenue growth … So why are the insiders selling, selling, selling after the report?

A little-known company from China, 900% over its 52-week low and with such insider dynamics makes you wonder about that second outlook sentence:

***2009 Outlook
The Company expects its revenue to increase by approximately 40% for the year 2009. This target is based on the Company's current contracts from existing customers, which are subject to change. ***

Could we be subjected to some of these changes soon?

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Fool contributor Brian Pacampara owns no position in any of the companies mentioned. BorgWarner and Apple are Motley Fool Stock Advisor selections. The Fool's disclosure policy always gets a perfect score.