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2-Star Stocks Poised to Plunge: Fifth Third?

Based on the aggregated intelligence of 130,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, regional bank Fifth Third Bancorp (Nasdaq: FITB) has received a distressing two-star ranking.

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

Fifth Third facts

Headquarters (founded)

Cincinnati, Ohio (1862)

Market Cap

$4.04 billion

Industry

Regional Banks

Trailing-12-Month (TTM) Revenue

$1.38 billion

Management

CEO Kevin Kabat (since 2007)
CFO Ross Kari (since 2008)

Return on Equity (average, last five years and TTM)

6.8% and (21.9%)

4-Month Price Change

484%

Competitors

US Bancorp (NYSE: USB), PNC Financial (NYSE: PNC)

CAPS members bearish on FITB also bearish on

Bank of America (NYSE: BAC), General Motors (NYSE: GM)

CAPS members bullish on FITB also bullish on

Citigroup (NYSE: C), General Electric (NYSE: GE)

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

Over on CAPS, 386 of the 886 members who have rated Fifth Third --
some 43.5% -- believe the stock will underperform the S&P 500 going
forward. Among the entire bearish population are TWreckz and jdlech.

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