Based on the aggregated intelligence of 160,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, online retailer (Nasdaq: OSTK) has received the dreaded one-star ranking.

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

Overstock facts

Headquarters (Founded)

Salt Lake City, Utah (1997)

Market Cap

$502.8 million


Internet retail

Trailing-12-Month Revenue

$955.4 million


CEO Dr. Patrick Byrne (since October 1999)
CFO Stephen Chesnut (since February 2010)

Return on Capital (Average, Past 3 Years)


Price-to-Earnings Ratio


3-Month Return


Competitors (Nasdaq: AMZN)
eBay (Nasdaq: EBAY)

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

On CAPS, 71% of the 1,104 members who have rated Overstock believe the stock will underperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bears include All-Star edwjm, who is ranked in the top 1% of our community, and jed71.

Just last month, edwjm wrote that the rally in Overstock seemed overdone: "The recent run-up in Overstock... is excessive. At the current price ... the p/e is over 58 and there is no dividend."

In a pitch from the same day, jed71 echoes that bearishness. Here's an excerpt:

As you can imagine, they sport some pretty horrific numbers. Having just come off its first profitable year, [Overstock] sports a P/E of 61, a debt to equity of more than 5, and a price to book of nearly 40. Cash flow performance has been spotty at best...

They sell things that other stores have not been able to rid themselves of. What makes [Overstock] think they can do any better? From the short time I spent surfing their website, I saw quite a bit of junk; discontinued merchandise, old and outdated products, items of which most consumers would thumb their noses at. Most items seemed to be either overpriced or well past their useful life.

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Fool contributor Brian Pacampara owns no position in any of the companies mentioned. Amazon and eBay are Motley Fool Stock Advisor picks. Motley Fool Options has recommended a bull call spread position on eBay. Wal-Mart is a choice of Inside Value. The Fool's disclosure policy always gets a perfect score.