Based on the aggregated intelligence of 160,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, American auto giant Ford Motor (NYSE: F) has received a distressing two-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

$43.6 billion


Automobile manufacturers

Trailing-12-Month Revenue

$118.3 billion


President/CEO Alan Mulally (since 2006)

CFO Lewis Booth (since 2008)

Return on Capital (Average, Past 3 Years)


Compound Annual Revenue Growth (Over Past 3 Years)


1-Year Return



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

On CAPS, 19% of the 1,764 All-Star members who have rated Ford believe the stock will underperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bears include valuemoney and mrindependent, both of whom are ranked in the top 1% of our community.

About a month ago, valuemoney reminded Fools of the company's long history of losses: "I would love to buy [Ford] for 38.79 billion. NOT! If I owned Ford over these last ten years guess what my net income would have been? NEGATIVE $21.2 billion dollars. WOW what a deal. What a return on my investment."

In a direct reply to that pitch, mrindependent takes a more balanced bear stance. Here's an excerpt:

I think Alan Mulally is a first class CEO and he has obviously made huge strides. ... So where does that leave an investor now? I think you are correct that Ford's chances of outperforming the market over the long-term are low. Their product is a commodity. Price is everything. Also, the company needs to use its earnings to pay down mountains of debt. There really isn't much left for shareholders. On the other hand, I think the "good news" effect will tend to buoy Ford's stock price for awhile so I am a little reluctant to red thumb this stock myself.

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Fool contributor Brian Pacampara owns no position in any of the companies mentioned. Ford is a Motley Fool Stock Advisor pick. The Fool's disclosure policy always gets a perfect score.