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Ford Motors - When Everything Seems To Be Going Against You

While the Ford Motor Company (F) certainly has headwinds, I would hazard a guess that the average investor isn't expecting liftoff any time soon. In fact, I believe that most Ford Motors investors are holding stock for the 5.2% dividend not for expectations of any near-term growth.

"History is more or less bunk" - Henry Ford

The stock is down 9.9% year-over-year and is getting whipped by its peers, down over 30% against the GICS Automobile Manufacturers sub-industry. But a stock's price history doesn't forecast its future prospects. As Henry Ford once said, "History is more or less bunk". Applying Henry Ford's wisdom to the stock market, we can say that the past is somewhat irrelevant. Ford Motor's current stock price may be indicative of more trouble to come but it also may provide a great contrarian opportunity.

Consumers Aren't Spending

The U.S. market is a major source of heartburn for Ford Motors investors as auto sales have been dropping (plummeting might be a better word) and there is a lingering fear that this is just the beginning with some analysts believing that auto sales could shrink to 15 million per year by 2021.

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by Steve Auger

Amazon Provides Food For Thought

There has already been a plethora of articles written about the, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN) bid for Whole Foods Market, Inc. (NASDAQ:WFM). I hope I will not be another parrot sitting on a perch regurgitating the economics of the deal, or lack thereof. Instead, I will offer up my own interpretation of what went down, one that most if not all the analysts out there overlooked. You see, this takeover isn't about competition with Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (NYSE:WMT), Target Corporation (NYSE:TGT) or any other retail store. The short-term impact for any of these companies is negligible.

The Whole Foods takeover by Amazon is about market share of the … call it what you want … 'voice-enabled speakers', 'Internet of Things Operating System', 'home-based Virtual Digital Assistant' … whatever turns you on. The bottom line is that the market potential is huge and the competition is heating up fast. The competition isn't with Wal-Mart, but with Alphabet Inc. (NASDAQ:GOOG) (NASDAQ:GOOGL), and newcomers Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) and Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT).

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by Steve Auger