Historically, tumultuous times offer some of the best opportunities to buy stocks, and the market's current mess surely qualifies. Few industries -- save for possibly the financial sector -- have been gored as deeply as the automotive sector, but despite the dismal sales and bankruptcies at Chrysler and GM, some investors see many reasons to consider buying shares of automaker Ford
In our Motley Fool CAPS community, 7,335 investors have given a bullish or bearish opinion on Ford. Poring through the detailed information packed in pitches and other comments, I've dug up three of the top reasons why many members consider the stock a buy today:
1. Gaining market share: Since General Motors and Chrysler have been grinding their way through bankruptcy proceedings, Ford has seen its market share grow, and is even seeing big sales increases in China and Canada. Although auto sales continued to fall in June, Ford had its smallest monthly decline since July of last year and outsold Toyota
2. Boosting production: Ford recently reported tighter inventories, down 38% from a year ago. It plans to increase its third-quarter production after seeing more demand in June, a move companies like Alcoa
3. Innovative lineup: The Fusion has recently been making big gains in the car market against rivals Toyota Camry and Honda
Of course, there's a lot more devil in the details of these buy-side opinions, which is why CAPS is such a great resource to check and balance your own analysis. You can read the bullish and bearish sides to every stock. To see what the very best CAPS members are saying now about Ford, just click on over to Motley Fool CAPS and have a look.
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