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The Best and Worst Auto Stocks to Drive Now

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#5: Ford

Ford logoFellow American auto giant Ford (NYSE:F) sold fewer total vehicles in the U.S. during the first half of the year than did rival GM, with that number coming in at 1,140,383. That, however, represents a 6.6% surge over the same period a year ago. In China, Ford saw record June sales of its passenger cars, as that metric soared a spectacular 28%, led by its Focus compact car — a model that, not coincidentally, is being built at a new plant in Chongqing. The record sales month in June is the third consecutive month of record sales in China for Ford.

The strong recent sales in both the U.S. and China markets have failed to jump-start Ford’s share price. The stock was down 14.5% through the first six months of the year, making it the worst-performing auto stock on my list.

One saving grace for Ford is that it does come with a dividend yield of 2.2%, so investors who want to climb into the cab of F shares for the long haul are getting that yield at a good price. Still, with the shares trading just above their 52-week low, and below the 50- and 200-day moving averages, the momentum isn’t with this automaker’s stock.

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