Ford Bets Big on Small Engines

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Car manufacturers like Ford are focusing on opportunities to boost fuel efficiency without sacrificing performance along the way, and the trend in the past has been a push toward electric or hybrid vehicles. However, Ford seems to be investing big in another game-breaking technology -- smaller engines. How exactly do smaller engines push the envelope? After all, GM introduced the tiny Geo concept years ago without much success. Well, in Ford's case, the Blue Oval is doubling down on advancements in turbocharged and direct-fuel-injection engines. They might be small, and perhaps carry a higher price tag, but the performance remains.

Obviously, Ford's not betting big on one technology, but investing in several to drive future fuel efficiency gains. Even better, the company recently reinstated its dividend and has done a remarkable job paying down its debt. But Ford's stock price is down over 20% over the past year. Does this create an incredible buying opportunity, or are there hidden risks with the stock that investors need to know about? To answer that, one of our top equity analysts has compiled a premium research report with in-depth analysis on whether Ford is a buy right now, and why. Simply click here to get instant access to this premium report.

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