Based on the aggregated intelligence of 145,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, Web services specialist America Online (NYSE:AOL) has received the dreaded one-star ranking.

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

AOL facts


New York City [spun off from Time Warner (NYSE:TWX), Dec. 2009]

Market Cap

$2.7 billion


Internet software and services

Trailing-12-Month Revenue

$3.4 billion


Chairman/CEO Tim Armstrong
CFO Arthur Minson

Trailing-12-Month Operating Margin



$76.7 million / $72.8 million


Walt Disney (NYSE:DIS)

CAPS Members Bearish on AOL Also Bearish on


CAPS Members Bullish on AOL Also Bullish on


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

On CAPS, 67% of the 45 members who have rated AOL believe the stock will underperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bears include All-Stars ctdegroot and kristm, both of whom are ranked in the top 5% of our community.

Late last week, ctdegroot tapped AOL as a rather outdated way to stay connected: "Why does this company still exist? I don't know anyone anymore who still uses AOL. They failed to keep up with the times and they will never return to their former glory."

In a pitch from the same day, kristm expands on the spin-off as a sure bet to keep shrinking:

Today's AOL isn't the AOL we all knew (and hated) before they bought Time Warner. The dialup Internet service is an albatross around the company's neck, and it basically exists as a network of Wannabe web sites nobody's ever heard of... Outside of AIM, Shoutcast, and Moviefone there's not much of any value or reputation here -- and those known properties aren't worth $2.6 billion. You'd do better to invest in Google or [IAC/InterActive] than sink money into this dog [Time Warner] kicked out of bed for smelling too bad.

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Fool contributor Brian Pacampara owns no position in any of the companies mentioned. Disney and Apple are Motley Fool Stock Advisor picks. Disney is also a choice of Inside Value, and Google is a recommendation of Rule Breakers. The Fool's disclosure policy always gets a perfect score.