Based on the aggregated intelligence of 150,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, home furnishings retailer Pier 1 Imports (NYSE: PIR) has received the dreaded one-star ranking.

With that in mind, let's take a closer look at Pier 1's business and see what CAPS investors are saying about the stock right now.

Pier 1 facts

Headquarters (Founded)

Fort Worth, Texas (1970)

Market Cap

$829.9 million


Home furnishing retail

Trailing-12-Month Revenue

$1.3 billion


CEO Alexander Smith (since 2007)
CFO Charles Turner (since 1999)

Return on Capital (Average, Past 3 Years)


Compound Annual Revenue Growth (Over Past 3 Years)


1-Year Return



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

On CAPS, 65% of the 492 members who have rated Pier 1 believe the stock will underperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bears include 00101 and All-Star tthwebster, who is ranked in the top 16% of our community.

Late last year, 00101 strongly advised Fools to jump off Pier 1: "Downthumb. Negative cash flow. Negative sales growth. Selling off assets. ... Good balance sheet now. But have to prove their profit growth. Difficult to gauge quarterly report."

In a pitch from one month later, tthwebster showed skepticism over the stock's surging price:

Had a good run up. Nothing impressive financially except perhaps that they might start making a little bit of money. Four huge negative years and maybe this year a slight profit. Doesn't warrant a 700m market cap though. Ok. I'll admit that appears some light at the end of a long tunnel, but it's up already, no outperform of the S&P that's for sure.

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Fool contributor Brian Pacampara owns no position in any of the companies mentioned. Bed Bath & Beyond and Costco are Motley Fool Stock Advisor picks. Costco is also an Inside Value choice, as is Wal-Mart. The Fool owns shares of Costco. The Fool's disclosure policy always gets a perfect score.