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  • Jul. 17, 2012, 6:48 AM
    Ford (F) plans to cut 15% of its workforce in Australia and reduce production by 29% after seeing its top model lose market share. The Ford Falcon dropped off the list of 20 most popular cars in the nation.
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  • Jul. 16, 2012, 11:15 AM
    Tesla Motors (TSLA -0.1%) chief designer Franz von Holzhausen tips off that the company could develop an electric-powered pickup truck in the future. It turns out that pickups are the ideal market to utilize the impressive torque of Tesla's electric motor, but skepticism abounds. Analysts see a tough road ahead for Tesla to take significant market share away from Ford (F -0.2%) in the high-end of the market given premium F-150 buyers instilled loyalty to the blue oval.
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  • Jul. 16, 2012, 6:37 AM
    Ford (F) recalls over 8K 2013 Escapes over an issue related to the positioning of carpet padding. The model has seen strong sales since its debut.
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  • Jul. 14, 2012, 11:12 AM
    Google's Eric Schmidt continues to hype the development of a self-driving car, this week taking up the case at the annual Allen & Co. media confab in Sun Valley. According to the exec, the innovation works splendidly as drivers equipped with a "Google Maps on steroids" - along with computer-linked cameras, radars, and lasers - see increased safety and fuel efficiency. Automakers quietly back the idea of manufacturing models, with Ford going on record as saying self-driving cars of some variety will be here within five years. Increasingly, the question on the tech is not why or if, but when?
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  • Jul. 13, 2012, 12:14 PM
    Ford (F +1.5%) forecasts sales in Europe fell to their lowest level since 1994 for the first half of the year. H1 sales fell 10% Y/Y in 19 Western European markets, with June sales off a steep 16%. The automaker already partially prepared investors for the news with a stark sales warning on Q2 issued about two weeks ago.
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  • Jul. 12, 2012, 10:12 AM
    Ford (F): Declares $0.05/share quarterly dividend, in line with previous. Dividend yield 2.2%. For shareholders of record Aug 03; payable Sep 04; ex-div date Aug 01. (PR)
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  • Jul. 11, 2012, 8:15 AM
    Data out of China suggests that automobile sales remain a bright spot with first-half sales up 7.1% and trending strong right through May and June. Though the reports only track inventory, not sales, analysts forecast demand to remain above 8% for the rest of the year. General Motors (GM), Ford (F), and BMW (BAMXY.PK) could expect even higher numbers after posting double-digit Y/Y gains for China auto sales in June.
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  • Jul. 11, 2012, 7:10 AM
    Chinese passenger car sales rose 16% to 1.28M units in June vs. estimates of 1.27M. Analysts caution the bump could be from manufacturers stuffing dealerships with a lot of inventory ahead of summer factory shutdowns. There's also cities like Guangzhou - which imposed a quota on new vehicle registrations - and saw a mad rush of buying ahead of June 30.
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  • Jul. 10, 2012, 1:01 PM
    China plans to subsidize the development of pure-electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles in the nation to reduce the nation's dependence on oil and cut emissions. The State Council's public goal of seeing 5M alternative-energy vehicles produced by 2020, blows away previous estimates and sets the prize high for a company able to knock out a technological breakthrough in the industry. EV-related plays include F,GM, TSLA, NSANY.OB, AVAV, ECTY, GACR.PK, KNDI, HMC, JCI, NRG, ZAAP.OB, VLKAY, and AONE.
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  • Jul. 9, 2012, 4:27 AM
    While the slowing world economy, especially in Europe, is worrying investors on its own, it's also hurting earnings, a trend that's reinforcing shareholder concern. With earnings season set to kick off today, over 40 companies have already given profit warnings, including Ford (F) and Texas Instruments (TXN), and analysts say share prices haven't fully accounted for the darkening picture.
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  • Jul. 6, 2012, 6:39 AM
    Ford's (F) third entry into the hybrid segment is poised to make a dramatic impact. On the fuel efficiency front, the C-MAX Hybrid boasts a 47 mpg fuel efficiency ratings, beating the Toyota Prius V by 3 mpg. With a driving range of 500 miles utilizing both the electric motor and gasoline engine, the model aims to address one of the biggest concerns over electric vehicles. Ford plans to launch into the EV market in the fall and triple production capacity by next year.
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  • Jul. 5, 2012, 1:33 PM
    Auto sales in Canada were brisk in June, led by strong demand for import brands. Though the 2.8% Y/Y climb to 169,459 vehicles sold wasn't a knock-your-socks-off growth rate, the mark comes against a tough comparable from last year when automakers were flooding the market in the nation with incentives. Ford's (F -0.5%) Canadian unit is the leading automobile seller in the region. (Previous: U.S. car sales strong)
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  • Jul. 5, 2012, 10:57 AM
    Ford (F +0.4%) is expected to tap an insider to replace Alan Mulally when he steps down within the next couple of years. Early speculation centers on regional chiefs Mark Fields, Stephen Odell, and Joe Hinrichs - with outside candidates unfamiliar with the rebranding at Ford openly considered as long shots at best.
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  • Jul. 3, 2012, 10:11 AM
    Ford (F) June U.S. sales: +7% to 207,759 vehicles. Cars +3% to 73,348: Fusion +17.4% to 24,433, Focus -0.9% to 21,186, Mustang +16.2% to 10,263. Utilities +9% to 63,121: Escape +28% to 28,500, Explorer +35% to 14,022, Edge +6.2% to 10,259. Trucks +9% to 71,290. (PR)
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  • Jul. 2, 2012, 8:36 AM
    Analysts at Sterne Agee chop their price target on Buy-rated Ford (F) down $3 to $15 due to the automaker's admitted struggles with its global business. At its crux, the company can't lower its costs quick enough in Europe to account for slumping sales due the slow pace of negotiating with unions and European governments. F -1.2% premarket.
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  • Jun. 29, 2012, 3:32 PM
    A provision in the just-passed transportation bill will allow corporate pension plans to use the average interest rate over the past 25 years (high) as opposed to the last 2 years (low) towards calculating future returns. At a stroke, under-funded plans at companies like GM and F just became less so (and reported profits should benefit as well).
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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.