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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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March 27, 2015
08:38 EDTFFord volatility at low end of historic range
Ford April weekly call option implied volatility is at 21, April is at 19, May is at 20, June is at 19; compared to its 26-week average of 24 according to Track Data, suggesting decreasing price movement.
March 26, 2015
13:15 EDTFFord opens $1B Indian plant, wants to triple exports from country, Reuters says
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10:15 EDTFFord to host sales conference call
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March 25, 2015
09:25 EDTFFord issues three safety recalls in North America
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March 24, 2015
06:12 EDTFFord, GM considering asking for lower-paid workers, Bloomberg says
Ford (F) and General Motors (GM) are considering asking the United Auto Workers union to create a lower-pay tier of employee at U.S. auto factories, reports Bloomberg, citing people familiar with the matter. The union, on the other hand, is considering eliminating the existing tier structure altogether, according to a person familiar with the union leadership. The proposed lower tier worker would not assemble cars, said the sources. Reference Link
March 20, 2015
08:01 EDTFStifel says evidence supports Apple moving into electric vehicles
Analysts at Stifel say they see enough evidence to suggest that Apple is internally working on the development of a battery electric vehicle to be sold over the next five-to-ten years. The analysts are "intrigued" by Apple CFO Luca Maestri's background at General Motors (GM). They believe Apple's investments in manufacturing should be a key consideration for investors and point out the $40B spent by the iPhone maker over the past five years, with 80%-plus invested in manufacturing, is similar to GM, Ford (F) and Daimler-Benz and well above Tesla's $1.8B cumulative capex. The analysts say there is a "lot to think about" regarding Apple's move into the car space, including the regulatory environment. They keep a Buy rating on the tech giant with a $150 price target. Shares of Apple closed yesterday down 97c to $127.50.
March 17, 2015
14:13 EDTFMorgan Stanley questions GM capital allocation plan
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09:13 EDTFMSFT announced several partnerships with industry leaders
At Microsoft Convergence 2015, Microsoft (MSFT) announced several new partnerships with industry leaders. Teaming up with Microsoft, Ford Motor (F) will expand connected services for customers around the world with the creation of the Ford Service Delivery Network. Microsoft also announced several partnerships and collaboration agreements with leading companies in sales, field service, digital transaction management and analytics markets. Microsoft and InsideSales.com will offer its complete sales acceleration platform. Microsoft and FieldOne Systems announced their agreement to bring the FieldOne Sky field service management solution into the Microsoft Dynamics global independent software vendor program. DocuSign and Microsoft announced that the two companies will bring DocuSign's Digital Transaction Management platform to Microsoft Dynamics CRM users. Microsoft also announced the acquisition of intellectual property from Fusion Software which will add Voice of the Customer capabilities to Microsoft Dynamics.

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