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January 27, 2014
12:38 EDTFEarnings Preview: Ford sentiment mixed ahead of Q4 report
Ford Motor Co. (F) is expected to report fourth quarter earnings on Tuesday, January 28 before the market open with a conference call scheduled for 9:00 am ET. Ford is a manufacturer and distributor of cars and trucks across six continents. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for EPS of 28c on revenue of $35.15B, according to First Call. The consensus range for EPS is 20c-37c on revenue of $33.91B-$35.99B. LAST QUARTER: Ford reported Q3 adjusted EPS of 45c against estimates for 37c on revenue of $36B against estimates for $33.98B. On its Q3 earnings report, the company raised its FY13 pre-tax profit view to "higher than" from "equal to higher than" FY12. The company forecast 2013 global auto industry sales up 3.8% compared to FY12 levels, with stabilization and modest recovery in the Euro area. Ford said it was on track to have higher market share in the U.S. and China in 2013, with about equal market share in Europe. On December 18, Ford forecast FY14 total company pre-tax profit ex-items of $7B-$8B, and said pre-tax profit in North America would be lower than FY13. Speculation persisted through the quarter that CEO Alan Mulally might leave the company for Microsoft (MSFT). However, on January 7, Mulally confirmed he would remain at Ford through at least 2014. STREET RESEARCH: Street research has been mixed in the weeks leading up to Fords's Q4 earnings report. On October 25, research firm CLSA upgraded Ford to Outperform from Underperform, citing impressive execution, strong U.S. truck demand, and a European recovery in the making. They raised their price target on the shares to $20 from $18. On December 19, Ford was downgraded to Hold from Buy at Craig Hallum due to disappointing guidance. The firm said that increased costs to position the company for 2015 and beyond would result in one of the freshest and newest portfolios among majors.They lowered their price target to $16 from $21. PRICE ACTION: Ford's shares are modestly lower since its Q3 report, however they are up almost 14% over the past twelve months. In early afternoon trading ahead of Tuesday's Q4 report, Ford is down almost 2%.
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November 27, 2015
13:10 EDTFFord ending 'Friends and Neighbors' sales promotion, WSJ says
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12:02 EDTFFord ending Friends and Neighbors sales promotion early, DJ says
According to Dow Jones the car company will be launching new pricing scheme December 1.
November 25, 2015
06:29 EDTFTakata manipulated air bag testing data as early as 2000, NY Times reports
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November 24, 2015
14:19 EDTFFord to host sales conference call
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14:14 EDTFFord to hold a conference call
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November 23, 2015
10:37 EDTFFord no longer using Takata air bag inflators in future cars, AP reports
Ford (F) will stop using air bag inflators manufactured by Takata (TKTDY) in future vehicles, the Associated Press reports. The company joins Honda (HMC), Toyota (TM), and Nissan (NSANY) in choosing not to put the inflators in vehicles currently under development, the report says. Reference Link
10:33 EDTFFord recalls roughly 451,000 midsize vehicles in NA for potential fuel leak
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November 22, 2015
18:32 EDTFUAW union members ratify Ford agreement
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November 19, 2015
08:32 EDTFFord to hold a discussion
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06:11 EDTFFord-UAW contract headed for rejection, Reuters says
A proposed four-year labor deal between Ford and the United Auto Workers union seems headed for rejection after Chicago plant workers voted against the deal by a margin of over 2-to-1, Reuters reports. UAW leaders warned other members that rejecting the contract could jeopardize investments that would maintain U.S. factory jobs and believe that the proposed pact with Ford would be the richest in history, the report says. Reference Link
November 18, 2015
16:01 EDTFOptions Update; November 18, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 1.39 to 19.44. Option volume leaders: AAPL NBG TGT NFLX F FB QCOM SUNE GPRO MSFT
November 17, 2015
08:00 EDTFFord says launching new Escape
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November 16, 2015
12:56 EDTFFord faces trial over allegedly exaggerated MPG estimates, Bloomberg says
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08:20 EDTFFord sold remaining interest in Mazda, Nikkei reports
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