Based on the aggregated intelligence of 170,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, online professional network operator LinkedIn (NYSE: LNKD) has received the dreaded one-star ranking.

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

LinkedIn facts

Headquarters (Founded) Mountain View, Calif. (2002)
Market Cap $8.34 billion
Industry Internet information providers
Trailing-12-Month Revenue $292.3 million
Management

Co-Founder/Chairman Reid Hoffman

CEO Jeffrey Weiner

Trailing-12-Month Net Income Margin 5.4%
Cash/Debt $106.06 million / $0

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

On CAPS, 90% of the 678 members who have rated LinkedIn believe the stock will underperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bears include Fool Rich Smith (TMFDitty) and kurtdabear, both of whom are ranked in the top 15% of our community.

Late last week, Rich succinctly summed up the LinkedIn bear case: "A barely profitable, overpriced tech stock that even Rick Munarriz can't stamp 'approved?' I shudder at the thought."

In fact, LinkedIn currently sports an outrageous EV/EBITDA ratio of almost 100. That obviously represents a massive premium to fellow professional community operator Dice Holdings (NYSE: DHX) (17.4), as well as employment solutions specialists Monster Worldwide (NYSE: MWW) (19.5) and 51job (Nasdaq: JOBS) (25.0).

CAPS All-Star kurtdabear expands on the LinkedIn underperform argument:

Betting against IPO's is nearly a sure thing: Recent averages have shown that 90% are worth less on their first anniversary than they were on the day they went public. When you get a big-name tech company with practically no earnings, odds are pretty good that things will be going south soon -- especially when the CEO is warning that LNKD will lose money this year. Google this ain't.

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