Based on the aggregated intelligence of 170,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, homebuilder Standard Pacific (NYSE: SPF) has received the dreaded one-star ranking.

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

Standard Pacific facts

Headquarters (Founded) Irvine, Calif. (1986)
Market Cap $421.4 million
Industry Homebuilding
Trailing-12-Month Revenue $1.2 billion
Management

CEO Kenneth Campbell, III

CFO John Stephens

Return on Capital (Average, Past 3 Years) 0.8%
Compound Annual Revenue Growth (Over Past 3 Years) (28.4%)
Cash/Debt $696.6 million / $1.3 billion
Competitors

PulteGroup (NYSE: PHM)

Lennar (NYSE: LEN)

D.R. Horton (NYSE: DHI)

Beazer Homes (NYSE: BZH)

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

On CAPS, 58% of the 241 All-Star members who have rated Standard Pacific believe the stock will underperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bears include All-Stars DarthMaul09 and Beorn10, both of whom are ranked in the top 3% of our community.

Just three days ago, DarthMaul09 included Standard Pacific as part of the seemingly unsustainable housing rally:

Although the housing stocks look like they have begun to rebound, I believe that this is another illusion with further pain still to come. Only when the government admits that they are powerless to fix the problems and the housing markets hits a real bottom, will a recovery be possible. Until then, we live the dream.

Over the past three months, Standard Pacific is up 19%, while the housing sector as a whole has gained about half that amount. Although Standard Pacific's debt-to-equity of 300% -- higher than that of rivals Pulte (133%), Lennar (149%), D.R. Horton (90%), and even Beazer (267%) -- has given its shares some serious bang in the recent rally, our community hasn't forgotten that leverage works in both directions. According to the economic picture that CAPS All-Star Beorn10 paints, Standard Pacific seems particularly vulnerable:

Home builders and the regional banks are both hoping for a housing recovery to support the value of their assets and to help grow profits, but although the market is rising there does not appear to be a similar recovery in the financial health of most of the home buyers. If regional banks go back into survival mode, then even if home builders are able to make a profit by selling new homes at below existing home prices the lack of available credit may freeze home sales and take down some of the weaker home builders.

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