A shell-shocked economy, spiraling debt at financial institutions, or just plain bad management -- on any given day, investors can name a number of reasons to sell a stock. Yet while panic never helps investors, it's still a good idea to play devil's advocate with investments.
In Motley Fool CAPS, more than 135,000 members have weighed in on nearly 5,300 stocks, sharing bullish and bearish opinions alike.
Consider American automaking icon Ford
1. High debt: Some CAPS members think Ford has too much debt and will have to resort to financing other than cash from operations to cover payments. In May, Ford joined a wide range of companies, from banks like Bank of America
2. Advantaged competition: Many investors anticipate that Ford will be at a disadvantage when a leaner General Motors emerges from bankruptcy without the weight of its bad assets. And while banks like Goldman Sachs
3. Falling sales: Falling auto industry sales have had far-reaching effects on manufacturers like Ford, Toyota
Of course, Ford has survived to date. But the need to consider questions about whether the company will ultimately thrive is why CAPS is such a great resource to augment your own analysis.
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Fool contributor Dave Mock makes sure he still gets his three glasses of water a day. He owns no shares of companies mentioned here. The Fool's disclosure policy doesn't bother with small talk or hints; it gets straight to the point.