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Ford Motor Company (F)

  • Nov. 14, 2012, 1:05 PM
    Tidbits from Ford's (F -1.5%) presentation at the Barclays Global Automotive Conference: 1) By moving to five global platforms the automaker expects to increase production and lower costs. 2) On margins, even at a record high 12% the company expects to see more operating leverage as volumes increase. 3) Expects the industry to see a 14.7M unit selling pace for the year. 4) Added shifts and increased line rates should filter to Ford's bottom line in Q4. 5) Market response for new Escape model is "very encouraging" as the refreshed model moves off lots at an average of $4.2K more than the previous version. (webcast)
    | Nov. 14, 2012, 1:05 PM | Comment!
  • Nov. 14, 2012, 7:31 AM
    Ford (F) plans to build its new Transit Connect Wagon in Spain due to a lack of manufacturing capacity in North America. The decision appears to be based on simple math. According to Ford VP Jim Tetreault, the automaker is already operating at 114% in North America.
    | Nov. 14, 2012, 7:31 AM | 11 Comments
  • Nov. 13, 2012, 1:34 PM
    Ford (F +0.7%) hopes to make a splash in the minivan segment with its new Transit Connect Wagon which it maintains isn't a traditional minivan at all with its leaner cut and higher fuel efficiency than rivals. Set to launch in 2013, the new model could create a niche sub-segment to take away market share from van sellers Chrysler, Honda, and Toyota.
    | Nov. 13, 2012, 1:34 PM | 8 Comments
  • Nov. 12, 2012, 10:10 AM
    AutoNation (AN -1.2%) CEO Mike Jackson throws a bit of a scare across the automobile industry by telling CNBC (video) a fiscal cliff stalemate could strike the sector during the last ten days of the year when selling is typically high. After a good run in 2012, will the ongoing impact from Hurricane Sandy and muted consumer demand due to political tension spur a disappointing Q4 for automakers in the U.S.?
    | Nov. 12, 2012, 10:10 AM | 16 Comments
  • Nov. 9, 2012, 10:47 AM
    Cutting the corporate tax rate - as the President has suggested doing - sounds good, but it could lead to billions in write-downs for company's with large deferred tax assets on their books. The pain could be especially acute at the large financials - already trading at fractions of tangible book because of wariness over how assets are being valued. Citigroup (C) leads with $53.3B of DTAs.
    | Nov. 9, 2012, 10:47 AM | 10 Comments
  • Nov. 9, 2012, 6:53 AM
    China's auto sales rose 6.4% to 1.3M vehicles in October despite the slump of Japanese brands, according to the China Association of Automobile Manufacturers. The last two months could see a faster pace of sales with automakers working to clear inventory built up during the year, according to analysts.
    | Nov. 9, 2012, 6:53 AM | 2 Comments
  • Nov. 7, 2012, 2:02 PM
    A group of Ford (F) workers in Europe stand in protest over the decision of the automaker to close down a plant in Belgium. Though the decision is hardwired with logic as European car demand remains exceedingly weak, the demonstrators outside the company's headquarters on the continent broke windows and burned tires.
    | Nov. 7, 2012, 2:02 PM | 19 Comments
  • Nov. 7, 2012, 5:24 AM
    Ford (F) is prepared to carry out more restructuring in Europe if the market worsens, CEO Alan Mulally tells a conference in Berlin. "We are determined to adapt to the actual demand," Mulally says. Last month, Ford said it will close plants in Belgium and the U.K.
    | Nov. 7, 2012, 5:24 AM | Comment!
  • Nov. 6, 2012, 6:45 AM
    Someone in Europe is buying cars: New car registrations in the U.K. rose 12.1% in October, according to the U.K. Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders. Based on the solid month, the agency upped its forecast for the full year to over 2M units. Best sellers in the region included the Ford Fiestsa, Opel Corsa, and Ford Focus.
    | Nov. 6, 2012, 6:45 AM | 3 Comments
  • Nov. 6, 2012, 4:38 AM
    Ford (F) and General Motors (GM) to agree to underwrite the $6.5M debt of Australian vehicle-parts supplier Autodom in order to keep the company operational and avoid a costly production shutdown at the car markers' factories in the country. Along with Toyota (TM), which is also an Autodom customer, Ford and GM export $3.3B worth of vehicles from Australia.
    | Nov. 6, 2012, 4:38 AM | Comment!
  • Nov. 5, 2012, 7:25 AM
    Ford (F) sales in China rose 48% Y/Y to 60,518 vehicles with sales strong of the automaker's Ford Focus model. Results may have been boosted by anti-Japan sentiment in the nation stirred up by a territorial dispute. Ford plans to introduce two new SUV models in China shortly.
    | Nov. 5, 2012, 7:25 AM | 8 Comments
  • Nov. 2, 2012, 10:38 AM
    Ford (F) beats Toyota in the U.S. hybrid market, with the new C-MAX outselling the Prius v by a margin of 3,182 to 2,769 in October. The automaker says the C-MAX hybrid offers a fuel savings advantage over its rival and is drawing in shoppers comparing the two models.
    | Nov. 2, 2012, 10:38 AM | 11 Comments
  • Nov. 2, 2012, 9:38 AM
    Ford Motor Company (F) declares $0.05/share quarterly dividend, in line with previous. For shareholders of record Nov. 2. Payable Dec. 3. Ex-div Oct. 31. (PR)
    | Nov. 2, 2012, 9:38 AM | 6 Comments
  • Nov. 1, 2012, 11:52 AM
    With the early round of monthly sales reports from automakers tilting to the lighter side, analysts are busy trying to figure out exactly how much demand was pulled away in the last week from consumer concerns over Hurricane Sandy. It's possible the same exercise will be going on next month with the Greater New York Auto Dealers Association reporting 60% of dealers in metro NYC and 9 downstate counties aren't operational at the moment.
    | Nov. 1, 2012, 11:52 AM | Comment!
  • Nov. 1, 2012, 9:44 AM
    Ford (F) October U.S. sales: +0.4% to 168,456 vehicles, below the estimates of analysts calling for a 3.5% gain. Passenger car sales were up 1.9% to 50,960: Fusion -29.9% to 12,690, Focus +47.9% to 18,320, Mustang +8.8%% to 5,328. Utilities +1.9% to 49,665 and Trucks -1.8% to 67,831. (PR)
    | Nov. 1, 2012, 9:44 AM | 6 Comments
  • Nov. 1, 2012, 9:11 AM
    Ford (F) announces Alan Mulally will continue on as CEO and Ford president until at least 2014. President of the Americas Mark Fields is named Chief Operating Officer, effective December 1. (webcast)
    | Nov. 1, 2012, 9:11 AM | 8 Comments
Company Description
Ford Motor Co is engaged in automobile manufacturing business. It produces cars and trucks. Its business is divided into two segments: Automotive and Financial Services.