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With its one-star Motley Fool CAPS rating and a share price in the doldrums, it seems that investors the market over agree that Ford
The financial media is quick to point to $4-per-gallon gasoline as the root of Ford's problems, but the company was careening into a ditch well before it cost upward of $100 to fill up a Ford F-150. The company's debt load and huge fixed-cost structure have proved to be heavy burdens, and the company has been slowly ceding share in its bread-and-butter U.S. market to foreign rivals Toyota
The numbers tell the tale: Ford hasn't posted a return on invested capital above 2% since 1999. Ouch. Tack on that long-standing massive debt and restructuring plans that date back to the early years of the George W. Bush presidency, and it is clear that Ford's struggles are more than just a newfound problem. Oh, and in case you're wondering, not only have Toyota, Honda, and Nissan -- those smooth foreign operators -- all posted marvelously superior financial results compared to Ford over the past several years, but they all also sport CAPS ratings of three stars or higher. Talk about rubbing salt in the wound.
Of course, Ford isn't alone in its waning value. Automotive cohort General Motors
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