2003 Sales: $166 billion
2012 Sales: $136 billion2003 EPS: 35 cents 2011 EPS: $1.51 >>5 Huge Stocks Ready to Slingshot Higher Shares of automaker Ford (F - Get Report) have tumbled from a peak of $35 in 1999 to a recent $9. To be sure, auto industry sales have yet to truly recover from the recent deep recession. That helps explain why Ford's revenue base is now lower than it was back in 2003 (though a moribund Europe doesn't help). Still, even if the sales base has yet to recover, Ford is remarkably more profitable these days. Per-share profits handily exceed $1 these days and could move well north of $2 once the ongoing losses in Ford's European operations start to abate. When both the U.S. and Europe's economies are healthy -- perhaps several years from now -- analysts think Ford's EPS power could hit $3. Not bad for a $9 stock.
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