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Ford Motor Company (F)

  • Aug. 14, 2012, 10:41 AM
    Lenders in search of a reasonable yield - and still wary of mortgages - are easing standards for auto loans, leading to a resurgence in ABS backed by the paper. A surge in lending, the average age of autos on the road of 11 years (a record), and beaten-down shares of GM and F? Something doesn't add up.
  • Aug. 14, 2012, 6:44 AM
    Ford's (F) subsidiary in India recalls 130K vehicles for a manufacturing defect. The popular Ford Figo and Classic models manufactured between January 2008 and December 2010 are part of the recall.
  • Aug. 13, 2012, 2:30 PM
    A new study indicates that automobile buyers may be increasing their reliance on the Internet reviews as they ponder their various choices. According to Maritz Research, online auto shopping has advanced to the point that 11.4% of recent buyers even skipped taking a test drive before taking the plunge with a new vehicle. It's a disturbing trend for automakers and dealers used to impressing potential customers behind the wheel - instead of in front of the screen.
  • Aug. 10, 2012, 2:27 PM
    S&P revises its outlook on Ford (F -0.5%) to positive on confidence it will work out its European struggles. The action continues the good vibrations the automaker has been getting all summer from ratings agencies, helping it return to investment grade and regain its blue oval trademark back from a stockpile of asset pledges.
  • Aug. 9, 2012, 6:46 AM
    General Motors (GM) and Ford (F) held their own in China despite a slowing down of the pace of auto sales growth. GM grew sales by a 15.1% clip in the month, while Ford sales rose 32.0%.
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  • Aug. 8, 2012, 2:28 PM
    A minority-owned Ford (F +0.3%) affiliate in China plans to acquire Taiyuan Changan Heavy Truck for an undisclosed amount. The deal will mark the automaker's debut into the world's largest heavy-truck market.
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  • Aug. 8, 2012, 10:15 AM
    Google continues to move forward with its ambitious self-driving car initiative. In a blog post the company says that select employees will use the cars to commute to work and "take over" if the famed Google algorithm goes awry. The industry as a whole has been keeping an eye on the self-driving concept (I, II), but Google picking the Lexus RX450h for its testing could give Toyota (TM -1.1%) a leg up.
  • Aug. 7, 2012, 2:42 PM
    Sherwin-Williams ([[SHW] +2.5%) says it's received an unsolicited, below-market mini-tender offer from TRC Capital to purchase up to 1M shares, approximately 0.97%, of its float, at $129.50 per share. The company recommends shareholders reject the offer. This isn't the first time TRC has tried to low-ball a bid for a company, it's made simlilar offers for Ford (F), Marathon Petroleum (MRO) and a number of other companies in what the SEC calls an attempt to "catch investors off guard."
  • Aug. 7, 2012, 8:55 AM
    Ford (F) plans to debut its C-Max Energi plug-in hybrid in 19 U.S. markets this fall in front of a national launch set for early in 2013. The automaker says the vehicle has a total driving range of 550 miles using both its electric motor and gas engine, giving it a selling advantage over Toyota's (TM) Prius plug-in hybrid.
  • Aug. 6, 2012, 9:42 AM
    Ford (F +0.8%) says new plants in Asia will be able to manufacture up to 7 different models as its adds flexibility to its factories in the region. The automaker could see the Asia Pacific Africa region contribute close to a third of all its global sales by the middle of the decade.
  • Aug. 3, 2012, 11:39 AM
    Ford (F +1.9%) may follow General Motors and Volkswagen into the Chinese hinterland to find new growth, according to execs. The shift in strategy could include introducing a broader slate of vehicles including lower-priced models.
  • Aug. 1, 2012, 3:40 PM
    July auto sales wrapup: While GM and Ford (F) saw a disappointing month after fleet sales fell and money-back guarantees failed to perform, Japanese automakers such as Nissan (NSANY.OB), Honda (HMC), Toyota (TM) show outsized gains off of earthquake-influenced comparables. Chrysler (FIATY.PK) may have posted the sweetest month of the bunch, with a brisk 13% sales increase led by resonating new models. The overall trend for the sector is still positive despite the soft month, as industry-wide annual sales remain on a +14M track on the highest growth rate in 5 years.
  • Aug. 1, 2012, 9:49 AM
    Ford (F) July U.S. sales: -4% to 173,966 vehicles on weak fleet sales. Cars +1.8% to 61,803: Fusion +20.7% to 23,326, Focus +10.5% to 16,454. Utilities -3.7% to 50,751: Escape -11.6% to 21,572, Expedition -18.5% to 2,700. Trucks -9% to 61,412. (PR)
  • Jul. 31, 2012, 12:58 PM
    Ford (F +0.9%) plans to sell $750M worth of 3.5-year bonds in its second debt offering since catching an investment grade rating from rating agencies.
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  • Jul. 31, 2012, 6:51 AM
    Ford (F) retirees start to receive letters from the automaker outlining specific lump-sum pension buyout offers. The company wants former employees to take their deals in order to help close the $15.4B underfunding gap in its pension liability.
  • Jul. 26, 2012, 5:48 PM
    Goldman Sachs says Ford (F) shares haven't priced in a coming margin re-acceleration in the second half of 2012. Raising its EPS estimates for the next three years, the firm sees capacity additions in North America which should alleviate constraints, share and pricing benefits from some new products, and easier commodity and hedging comps.
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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.