15 top stock picks from star investors

15 best stocks ford

Michael Levine
Oppenheimer Equity Income

Ticker: (F, Fortune 500)

Small and large pick: Dividends

Michael Levine says the American auto comeback isn't over. The industry is set to sell about 14 million cars this year -- a dramatic improvement from the lows of 2009 but still well below the peak of 17 million in 2000. "I think there's a lot of pent-up demand," says Levine, who has driven the $3.4 billion Oppenheimer Equity Income (OAEIX) Fund to 8.2% annual returns over the past decade. "The age of the fleet is at an all-time high; there are a lot of older cars out there that need to be replaced." On top of that, Levine thinks automakers will benefit as housing construction rebounds and contractors need to buy more pickup trucks.

Levine sees promise in the whole sector but says that Ford, which survived the recession without a bailout, is especially compelling. Its stock is trading at just eight times next year's earnings. Ford's shares have suffered because of skidding sales in Europe, but Levine thinks its results will improve as it shrinks its manufacturing capacity in the region. In the meantime the company offers a 1.7% dividend yield. Because it has a rock-solid balance sheet, he says, Ford has the wherewithal to bulk up its payout by at least 50% over the next year.


- Last updated December 07 2012 12:34 PM ET
Join the Conversation
Find Homes for sale
  • Property Type
  • Find a home in:
    New York | Atlanta | Chicago | Los Angeles
    Washington D.C | Houston | Philadelphia | More options
Market indexes are shown in real time, except for the DJIA, which is delayed by two minutes. All times are ET. Disclaimer LIBOR Warning: Neither BBA Enterprises Limited, nor the BBA LIBOR Contributor Banks, nor Reuters, can be held liable for any irregularity or inaccuracy of BBA LIBOR. Disclaimer. Morningstar: © 2014 Morningstar, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Disclaimer The Dow Jones IndexesSM are proprietary to and distributed by Dow Jones & Company, Inc. and have been licensed for use. All content of the Dow Jones IndexesSM © 2014 is proprietary to Dow Jones & Company, Inc. Chicago Mercantile Association. The market data is the property of Chicago Mercantile Exchange Inc. and its licensors. All rights reserved. FactSet Research Systems Inc. 2014. All rights reserved. Most stock quote data provided by BATS.