Based on the aggregated intelligence of 160,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, BlackBerry maker Research In Motion (Nasdaq: RIMM) has received a distressing two-star ranking.

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

RIM facts

Headquarters (Founded)

Waterloo, Canada (1984)

Market Cap

$38.9 billion


Communications equipment

Trailing-12-Month Revenue

$14.9 billion


Chairman/Co-CEO James Balsillie
Co-CEO Michael Lazaridis

Return on Capital (Average, Past 3 Years)


Price-to-Cash Flow (RIMM and S&P 500)

13.1 and 7.3


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

On CAPS, 16% of the 5,315 members who have rated RIM believe the stock will underperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bears include MurrDogg4 and IdahoAve.

Just two days ago, MurrDogg4 reminded Fools about the gorillas that RIM has to wrestle with: "Unless RIM works on improving their software, they will be hard pressed to compete with the Application focused technologies of Apple and Google [(Nasdaq: GOOG)] in the smartphone business."

In a pitch from the same day, IdahoAve also said that RIM's best days are behind it:

I think [RIM] has done great amazing things for the inhabitants of planet earth. A great innovator that our communication standards forward and I will have fond memories of the Iconic blackberry setting millions of business people free from wasted time in an office environment, Bravo!

Sadly, I am choosing underperform for [RIM] because I think the world of smart phones has developed in a way that will not include [RIM] moving forward. The market has become increasingly competitive, and when [Google] and Apple are who you face you are sentenced to death.

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Fool contributor Brian Pacampara owns no position in any of the companies mentioned. Apple is a Motley Fool Stock Advisor pick. Google is a recommendation of Rule Breakers. The Fool owns shares of and has written puts on Oracle. The Fool's disclosure policy always gets a perfect score.