4-Star Stocks Poised to Pop: Ford Motor

Based on the aggregated intelligence of 180,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, U.S. auto giant Ford Motor (NYSE: F  ) has earned a respected four-star ranking.

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

Ford facts

Headquarters (founded) Dearborn, Mich. (1903)
Market Cap $35.6 billion
Industry Automobile manufacturers
Trailing-12-Month Revenue $133.4 billion
Management President/CEO Alan Mulally (since September 2006)
CFO Robert Shanks (since April 2012)
Return on Capital (average, past 3 years) 4.3%
Cash/Debt $23.1 billion / $100.5 billion
Dividend Yield 2.2%
Competitors Chrysler Group
General Motors
Toyota Motor

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

On CAPS, 80% of the 11,923 members who have rated Ford believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward.  

A couple of months ago, one of those bulls, TMFCQuader, tapped Ford as a particularly refreshing opportunity:

Ford is seen to many as the "responsible sibling" in the automobile industry throughout the recession. Being the only one that didn't accept bailouts, it only proved that again. They did some potentially risky things to keep their company afloat, but they came out of the other side looking better than before.

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  • Report this Comment On August 08, 2012, at 9:44 AM, belseware wrote:

    Dammit! Every time an article like this appears, F tanks. I wonder why all those folks you claim are bulls on F don't go out an buy a bunch? ...because they already did at 12? Ford should do a stock buyback, to diminish some of the dilution they did in recent years.

    Disclosure: I bought at 12.

  • Report this Comment On August 10, 2012, at 1:22 AM, sharpx2 wrote:

    Negatives for Ford: Huge investment in China at a time when car market might (possibly) be slowing.

    Positives: well, the money spent in China is already booked and costed, and they have nowhere to go but up. Car market may be cooling but is still huge, and Ford will get more market share.

    Other positives: go to the Ford website and look at what they have coming from now through next year. It all looks pretty hot to me, and I think they will be selling a ton of new Escapes and Fusions on top of the already-hot-selling Focus. More hybrids coming up; lots of good cars and trucks on the way.

    I think there will be some ups and downs, but in general my personal arrow is pointing up. I just think that some of the smart moves they've made will pay off big time, over the next two to three years. As long as they understand the path that Mulally has put them on, and they stick to the plan, all will be well. Very well, in fact.

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