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December 18, 2013
08:48 EDTFFord sees FY13 total company pre-tax profit about $8.5B
Ford expects strong revenue growth in 2013,with market share in all regions improved or equal to last year, total company pre-tax profit of about $8.5B, substantially higher Automotive operating-related cash flow than a year ago and a stronger balance sheet. Ford said it is making good progress in implementing its Europe transformation plan and also announced earlier in the year a plan to restructure operations in Australia. Ford estimates that it nearly cut in half the underfunded status of its global pension plans compared with the end of 2012. The company also is reconfirming its outlook that Automotive operating margin will be higher than a year ago and that Automotive operating-related cash flow will be substantially higher than 2012, potentially a record. Ford expects North America full-year 2013 pre-tax profit to be the highest in more than a decade, with an operating margin of 9.5%-10%; this compares to prior guidance of about 10%. The difference reflects mainly higher warranty expense of $250M-$300M associated primarily with the Escape 1.6 liter recall announced last month. In South America, the company now expects results to be about breakeven as recent government actions in Venezuela have affected adversely the business and overall results in the region. This compares to prior guidance of about breakeven to profitable results for 2013. The 2013 outlook for all other Automotive business units, Automotive net interest expense and Ford Credit is unchanged from prior guidance. The company expects its full year operating effective tax rate to be about 27%, which compares to prior guidance of less than 30%.
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April 16, 2014
14:29 EDTFGM to offer diesel mid-size trucks, says April sales 'robust,' WSJ reports
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06:23 EDTFFord could replace MyFord Touch, Detroit News says
Ford is looking to improve upon its MyFord Touch system and could debut a system that could potentially replace it, reports Detroit News citing Ford America's Chief, Joe Hinrichs. Reference Link
05:13 EDTFFord reveals 50th anniversary Mustang
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April 15, 2014
15:53 EDTFFord's new My Touch with BlackBerry software slated for year end, WSJ says
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08:12 EDTFBofA/Merrill to hold a summit
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08:01 EDTFFord reports Europe sales up 12% in March, 11% in Q1
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April 11, 2014
14:14 EDTFDeutsche Bank upgrades Ford on earnings outlook
Deutsche Bank upgraded Ford (F) to Buy from Hold in a note to investors, saying that the company's earnings are poised to increase significantly in 2015-2016. WHAT'S NEW: Ford can increase the price of its pickup trucks, Deutsche Bank analyst Rod Lache wrote. The company's pickups now cost just an average of about $150 per vehicle more than GM's offerings, versus the average gap of $3,000 over the last five years, Lache explained. Ford's new F150 truck will be less expensive than previously expected, as the truck's aluminum body will be cheaper than anticipated and the company has been able to find other ways to cut production costs, the analyst stated. Additionally, Ford's prospects in Europe and China are "favorable," according to the analyst, who upgraded the stock to Buy from Hold. He raised his price target on the shares to $19 from $18.50. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Lache was somewhat upbeat on General Motors (GM), saying that the company can keep it profits at "decent" levels by cutting its costs. However, he added that the automaker's products have not met expectations. Lache now expects GM's share of the pickup truck market share to drop to 17% in 2015 from 17.5% this year. He lowered his 2014 EPS estimate for GM to $2.58 from $3.38 and reduced his 2015 EPS estimate for the company to $4.20 from $4.80. Lache reduced his price target on the shares to $41 from $48, but kept a Buy rating on the stock. PRICE ACTION: In mid-afternoon trading, Ford added 0.6% to $15.72, while GM fell 2.9% to $32.33.
12:42 EDTFOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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10:01 EDTFFord rallies in early trading following upgrade, levels to watch
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07:31 EDTFChina auto sales growth slowed in March, WSJ reports
The China Association of Automobile Manufacturers said 1.71M passenger vehicles were sold there in March, which was up 7.9% from a year earlier but a slower growth rate than the 11% year-over-year increase seen in the January-to-February period, reported The Wall Street Journal. The association cited weak sales of minivans, which fell 23% in the month, as a large factor, the report noted. Publicly traded automakers include Ford (F), General Motors (GM), Fiat (FIATY), Honda (HMC), Toyota (TM), Nissan (NSANY) and Volkswagen (VLKAY). Reference Link
06:15 EDTFFord upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank
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April 10, 2014
06:32 EDTFAutomakers have recalled nearly 15M vehicles since start of year, WSJ reports
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April 9, 2014
10:02 EDTFBofA/Merrill's US autos/auto parts analyst has analyst/industry conference call
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09:01 EDTFFord price target lowred to $17 from $20 at Morgan Stanley
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06:40 EDTFCar sales rose 9% last month in China, China Daily says
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05:24 EDTFFord Focus retains best-selling vehicle title in 2013
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April 8, 2014
08:44 EDTFFord says China sales cross 100,000 mark in March, March sales up 28% y/y
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06:38 EDTFFord's March China sales up 28% y/y, Reuters reports
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April 7, 2014
12:47 EDTFFord recalls 434,000 vehicles in two unrelated recalls, Detroit News reports
Ford is recalling more than 434,000 vehicles in two separate recalls announced Monday, reports Detroit News. The company is recalling 385,750 Escape compact SUVs due to a rusty subframe. it also will recall 48,950 Ford Fusion, Lincoln MKZ, Ford Escape and C-Max vehicles to replace seatback frames that don't comply to the NHTSA standard. Reference Link
05:25 EDTFFord Transit Connect awarded five star safety rating by NHTSA
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