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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).
  • Jun. 29, 2012, 2:11 PM
    The bullish case for Ford (F -4.3%) is presented by SA author Daniel Radkovich, who remains unfazed by the company's warning on global sales. Factoring in his belief that the company can turn all its segments into profit-makers and the industry's potential to bounce back as a whole, he sees a price range for Ford of $26 to $36 within 3 to 5 years as feasible. If he's right that the headwinds for Ford are subsiding, today's entry point of $9.60 looks tempting.
  • Jun. 29, 2012, 1:35 PM
    Automakers are expected to report the highest level of June sales in the U.S. in five years when the numbers are released next week. The consensus estimate of analysts of 13.9M vehicles, marks an improvement over last month's 13.7M tally, and should stand well-above the earthquake-impacted June total from last year. If all goes well, auto stocks could see a bounce higher after Ford's global sales warning cut to the bone. Reporting on July 3: GM, F, FIATY.PK, TM, HMC, NSANY, VLKAY, NSANY, and HYMLF.PK.
  • Jun. 29, 2012, 6:54 AM
    Citigroup removes Ford (F) from its Top Picks Live list after the automaker warns of global losses. After initially surviving weakness in the European auto market better than rivals, Ford now faces the same tough choices on downsizing on the continent. F -0.9% premarket.
  • Jun. 28, 2012, 4:41 PM
    Ford (F) -2.5% AH after its CFO says international losses would triple in Q2, primarily because of much weaker European sales, and it could close an assembly plant in Europe should demand keep falling. Ford lost $190M in Q1 in its overseas operations, with Europe accounting for nearly 80%; it had forecast Q2 international losses would be roughly the same as Q1.
  • Jun. 27, 2012, 6:55 AM
    Ford (F) showcased its lineup of 2013 models on a test track in Detroit with the fuel efficiency of the cars being a focal point of the display. By the end of this year, the automaker will offer 8 vehicles that claim better than 40 mpg, more than any of its rivals.
  • Jun. 26, 2012, 8:56 AM
    Morgan Stanley warns that prices for premium automobiles are falling lower in China as manufacturers work to meet volume goals. Though the data isn't firm yet, the pricing drops could be enough to effectuate cuts in guidance. On watch: Chrysler (FIATY.PK), BMW (BAMXY.PK), Ford (F), and General Motors (GM).
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  • Jun. 25, 2012, 12:57 PM
    UBS weighs in on Ford (F -1.9%) with positive comments to back up the firm's Buy rating on the automaker. It's a timely defense with shares dipping below the $10 mark for the first time since last November.
  • Jun. 22, 2012, 11:06 AM
    The NHTSA opens a safety investigation into Ford (F) over steering issues with model year 2011 Explorers. Complaints to the agency center on a loss of power steering that effects driving ability for the vehicles.
  • Jun. 22, 2012, 7:12 AM
    Ford (F) defends its MyFord Touch infotainment system after the latest round of customer satisfaction rankings from J.D. Power place the automaker low on the list largely due to confusion over the tech system. The company maintains that a majority of Ford owners recommend MyFord Touch and has no plans to move away from the platform.
  • Jun. 20, 2012, 2:38 PM
    The newly-released annual survey from J.D. Power on customer satisfaction in the auto industry shows Ford (F +0.8%) and Chrysler (FIATY.PK) slipping lower with their brands, while Toyota's (TM +0.4%) Lexus retains its top ranking. Foreign names largely dominated the list, with Jaguar (TTM +1.9%), Porsche (POAHY.PK), Cadillac (GM -1.9%), and Honda (HMC -0.1%) all showing strong. The poor result for Ford seems to emanate from its MyFord Touch entertainment system, which presented a myriad of issues for confused owners.
  • Jun. 20, 2012, 12:48 PM
    Ford (F +0.7%) officially launches a lab in Silicon Valley dedicated to technology, with a particular focus on how to better utilize data mining. Becoming a tech leader in the industry has been a top goal of execs, even in the darkest days of the automaker mortgaging its trademark blue oval logo to save itself. A result of its efforts is an open platform system that will allow app developers to create features that the company hopes will set its cars apart.
  • Jun. 15, 2012, 1:23 PM
    A Ford (F -0.9%) exec in South America says that he expects a timely surge in the Brazilian auto market to help push it to a yearly sales record even after demand starting off sluggish for the year. The rosy forecast flies in the face of analysts who are calling for slowing sales and comes with automakers in the nation trimming production. Ford, for its part, will offer a fresh lineup of models in Brazil and sees low interest rates stoking demand.
  • Jun. 15, 2012, 7:14 AM
    Ford (F) announces in its latest Sustainability Report that it cut the amount of energy used to produce each car by 22% in the last six years and will target reducing usage by another 25% over the next four years.
  • Jun. 14, 2012, 12:06 PM
    Open the car door HAL: The technology to have cars drive themselves is within reach, as automakers grapple with how far to take the loss of driver control. Computing power and sensor technology has advanced past the point of just providing alerts or parking cars, with Google already testing self-driving cars on real roads. A question for interested firms such as GM, F, BAMXY.PK, TM, and VLKAY.PK is how to avoid huge liability with insurance responsibility presumably passing on from drivers to manufacturers.
  • Jun. 7, 2012, 2:50 PM
    Ford (F +0.9%) plans to float its first issue of bonds since returning to investment-grade rating status. The company will reportedly sell $1.5B of 5-year notes at 230 bps over the comparable Treasury.
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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.