Based on the aggregated intelligence of 180,000-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 $7.2 billion
Industry Communications equipment
Trailing-12-Month Revenue $19.8 billion
Management Chairman/Co-CEO James Balsillie
Co-Founder/Co-CEO Michael Lazaridis
Return on Equity (Average, Past 3 Years) 34.9%
Cash/Debt $1.3 billion / $0
Competitors Apple (Nasdaq: AAPL)
Google (Nasdaq: GOOG)
Microsoft (Nasdaq: MSFT)

Sources: S&P Capital IQ and Motley Fool CAPS.

On CAPS, 21% of the 5,699 members who have rated RIM believe the stock will underperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bears include MajorBob04 and georcole, both of whom are ranked in the top 1% of our community.

Just last month, MajorBob04 succinctly summed up the RIM bear case: "Still not clear where the growth will come from, or even maintaining the current revenue and earnings. Based on recent problems, I expect many people to switch to other cell phones, smartphones, etc."

Over the next five years, in fact, RIM's bottom line is expected to decline 2% annually. Meanwhile, rivals Apple, Microsoft, and Google are expected to grow their earnings at a rate of 19%, 10%, and 19%, respectively.

CAPS All-Star georcole expands on the underperform argument:

Is there any valid reason to believe that I should've given it a green thumb? I cannot think of one. They are losing market share steadily with no hope of getting it back. They are such a closed system that other companies cannot use their OS. That may work for Apple, but it is no longer working for [Research In Motion]. They had a great ride, but the ride is slowing down. They may hang in there for a while, but it is going to take something really incredible to bring their stock back up in a meaningful way. Good luck [Research In Motion], but I do not think it will help.

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