Based on the aggregated intelligence of 135,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, teen clothing retailer Abercrombie & Fitch (NYSE:ANF) has received a distressing two-star ranking.

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

Abercrombie & Fitch facts

Headquarters (founded)

New Albany, Ohio (1892)

Market Cap

$2.64 billion


Apparel Retail

TTM Revenue

$3.35 billion


CEO Michael Jeffries (since 1992)
CFO Jonathan Ramsden (since 2008)

Return on Equity (average, last five years and TTM)

28.9% and 8.8%

6-Month Return



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Sources: Capital IQ, a division of Standard & Poor's, and Motley Fool CAPS. TTM = trailing 12 months.

Over on CAPS, 222 of the 1,054 members who have rated Abercrombie -- 21% -- believe the stock will underperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bears include Prodders and TheGouch23.

Just last week, Prodders urged Fools to try something else on for size: "Consumer is retrenching and will remain thriftier going forward. Plenty of cheaper alternatives, both stocks and clothes."

In a pitch from two weeks earlier, TheGouch23 also thinks the stock is simply worn out:

Abercrombie's appeal has run its course. Its blunders of the past, such as racially insensitive designs, promoting a culture of "beautiful people", and changing from a good albeit expensive store for kids a decade ago to an elitist culture of rich teen snobbery, the brand does not have the same connotations it used to. … Potential consumers are realizing that it's easier to pay $30 for a pair of jeans they can beat up themselves than $50 for a pair that Abercrombie has beat up for them.

The combination of these trends, and [Abercrombie's] "wandering in the dark" leadership, make it unlikely the company will outperform the S&P, and all the more likely its numbers will struggle. And investors will take note.

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