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 $44.8 billion
Industry Automobile manufacturers
Trailing-12-Month Revenue $134.1 billion
Management President/CEO Alan Mulally (since 2006)
CFO Lewis Booth (since 2008)
Return on Capital (Average, Past 3 Years) 2%
Cash/Debt $20.6 billion / $95.1 billion
Competitors General Motors
Honda Motor
Toyota Motor

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

On CAPS, 79% of the 11,495 members who have rated Ford believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward.  

Just last month, one of those Fools, mjs504, nicely summed up the bull case for our community:

Ford is well positioned to continue its sales growth in the US by offering more efficient, cost effective, and better designed vehicles. Also, seeing that their plan to increase sales by 50% by 2015 is coming closer to a reality, growth should have no problem continuing its upward trend.

I see Ford's growth potential, improving cost structure, dividend announcement, and its likely return to investment grade as reasons to own the stock. A European recession will not be enough to stop Ford from revving its engine.

For the first time in my life, I would buy a Ford over any other manufacturer.

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