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  • Jun. 1, 2012, 9:40 AM
    Ford (F) May U.S. sales: +13.2% to 208,993 vehicles. Cars +6% to 79,888: Fusion +8.9% to 26,857, Focus +11.1% to 24,769, Mustang +57.8% to 10,427. Utilities +12% to 61,271: Escape -0.3% to 23,077, Explorer +10.1% to 14,662, Edge +23.9% to 11,749. Trucks +21.1% to 75,108: F-Series +29.3% to 54,836, E-Series +31.4% to 14,160. (PR)
  • Jun. 1, 2012, 8:47 AM
    Fresh off winning its blue oval back, Ford (F) plans to market the iconic logo on Facebook (FB) with an array of merchandise promotions on top of ads for its cars. Details on the size of the ad buy haven't been released, but GM spent $10M on the site before its high-profile exit.
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  • Jun. 1, 2012, 7:02 AM
    Ford's (F) plan to offer pension buyouts to former workers could start as early as August, according to a company exec. The first wave of offers will be sent 12K to 15K workers, selected by random. Meanwhile, a GM spokesman confirms that the automaker is considering its own pension buyout initiative.
  • May. 31, 2012, 6:22 PM
    Graduating to investment grade: Almost $2B of Ford (F) and Ford credit bonds changed hands today, comprising 10% of all corporate bonds traded, as bond fund mangers prepared for the companies’ elevation out of junk bond status. Barclays says the move is the largest migration of a high-yield index constituent into its investment grade index going back at least 20 years.
  • May. 31, 2012, 10:16 AM
    Ford (F +0.5%) CEO Alan Mulally tips off in a speech to Michigan lawmakers that the company plans to increase production through the end of 2012 with the addition of a third shift over the next two quarters. Previously, Ford said it would cut its summer shutdown by a week.
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  • May. 31, 2012, 7:41 AM
    Ford (F) will tackle one of its biggest challenges this summer when it offers lump sum payout offers to 98K retired workers in an effort to reduce a staggering $49B pension liability. Though it's uncertain how many ex-employees will take the deals, the move could help improve Ford's credit rating even further into investment-grade territory. Shares -0.6% premarket.
  • May. 30, 2012, 1:31 PM
    Ford (F -2.6%) announces the sale of Automotive Components Holdings' automotive lighting business and plant in Sandusky to Ventra Sandusky for an undisclosed amount. The deal leaves Ford-owned ACH with only one remaining automotive component operation.
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  • May. 30, 2012, 1:24 PM
    Ford (F -2.6%) says it increased incentives in May to help boost sales after pulling back too much in April. The automaker's boost in incentives moves them closer to rivals.
  • May. 23, 2012, 11:00 AM
    Ford (F +1.8%) trades higher after making its celebrated return to investment grade with a boost from Moody's. The action is more than symbolic, as the company now reclaims its iconic blue oval logo, Mustang trademarks, and plant and machinery assets pledged against a $23.5B loan taken out during the recession.
  • May. 23, 2012, 6:47 AM
    Mazda (MZDAF.PK) and Fiat (FIATY.PK) join forces for the first time with plans to develop a lightweight sports car and explore strategic opportunities in Europe. The linkup between the two automakers leaves Ford (F) with one less partner as a longstanding relationship with Mazda peters out.
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  • May. 22, 2012, 6:20 PM
    A Booz survey of ~200 auto industry executives finds bullish views abound, as 94% of automaker execs and 92% of auto supplier execs say the sector is somewhat or much better off Y/Y. Profitable growth is seen, with 52% projecting revenue will rise 11% or more, and strong majorities expect Detroit's big three to hold or gain market share next year.
  • May. 22, 2012, 3:58 PM
    Ford (F) is upgraded by Moody's one notch to Baa3 with stable outlook. Combining the move with Fitch's upgrade last month makes the automaker an investment-grade credit again.
  • May. 17, 2012, 7:11 AM
    Ford (F) comes out with a new hybrid that takes dead aim at Toyota's (TM) dominance in the hybrid market. The five-seat C-Max small minivan lists at $25,995, just a cut below the sticker price on a Toyota Prius V wagon. The new Ford model also beats the competing Toyota variety on gas mileage as well.
  • May. 15, 2012, 7:02 AM
    Ford (F) launches a new advertising campaign that omits the well-known blue oval logo from TV spots and doesn't mention the company by name. It's part of a strategy to ramp up interest in new models before preconceived notions about Ford taint consumer's views on the vehicles.
  • May. 11, 2012, 6:40 AM
    Ford (F) hears more praise than criticism from the 63 shareholders in attendance at its annual meeting. In a quick 45 minutes, the company saw all 16 current directors get re-elected and none of the proposals suggesting changes to the dual-stock status or voting rights pass. Afterwards, CEO Alan Mulally gave no specifics on his retirement, joking that 2030 when he is 85 sounded about right.
  • May. 10, 2012, 1:44 PM
    Forecasts for auto sales keep trickling higher, with estimates now ranging as high as 14M-14.6M after starting the year in a tighter 13.4M-13.7M range. Driving sales higher on unleashed pent-up demand is a slowly-improving economy combined with the increasing age of U.S. cars and trucks on the road. Automakers plan to ramp up production in response, with Chrysler (FIATY.PK) and Ford (F +0.9%) shortening their summer shutdown, while Honda (HMC +1.0%) adds overtime shifts.
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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.