Based on the aggregated intelligence of 120,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, computer giant Dell (NASDAQ:DELL) has received a distressing two-star ranking. While one-star stocks have been the worst performers, our data has shown that two-star stocks still lag the market by a significant margin and should be approached with caution; conversely, highly rated stocks have outperformed the S&P.

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

Dell facts

Headquarters (founded)

Round Rock, Texas (1984)

Market Cap

$22.92 billion


Computer hardware

Trailing-12-Month Revenue

$63.66 billion


Founder/CEO Michael Dell
President of Global Operations Michael Cannon

Net Income Growth (average, past 5 years and trailing 12 months)

2.9% and (6.3%)


Hewlett-Packard (NYSE:HPQ)

CAPS members bearish on Dell also bearish on:

Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT)
General Motors (NYSE:GM)

CAPS members bullish on Dell also bullish on:


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

Over on CAPS, some 29% of the 5,363 members who have rated Dell believe the stock will underperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bears include CAPS All-Star Fenix2606 and lschneider03.

Earlier this month, Fenix2606 wrote that Dell "just can't compete in this sector anymore. They lack the innovation of Apple and HP and have been too slow to adapt to consumer preferences. ... Couple this with lower disposable income, and Dell has plenty of room left on the downside."

In a pitch from last month, lschneider03 shares that bearishness, tapping Dell as a PC has-been:

This company is still living in its past and believes that its direct to consumer distribution strategy sets it apart from its competitors. At one time it did, but no longer (it's been copied......even Wal-Mart (NYSE:WMT) does it now). Dell basically came into the industry, shook it up, flushed a lot of the excess profits of the industry down the drain with its lower pricing (due to its distribution strategy) and then they forgot to innovate after that. In the meantime, HP and Compaq get together and start kicking this Austin company's backside all over the place. DELL is a pretender and their best days will always be in their rear view mirrors.

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