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Options volume in Ford Motor swelled today as bulls moved in with force to snap up call options, or bets that Ford's stock will rise further above the 52 week high level that shares reached today.
Ford will offer zero-percent financing for three years on all 2007 Ford, Lincoln and Mercury models and additional cash on some vehicles as it tries to clear showroom floors at the end of the month.
The auto and reinsurance industries are under one portfolio manager's radar, as he predicts high yields from those segments over the next three years. Laton Spahr, RiverSource Investments portfolio manager, told "Morning Call" he likes Ford Motor and XL Capital.
Ford Motor has hired accountancy group KPMG to examine the books at its British units Jaguar and Land Rover ahead of their expected sale later this year, the Sunday Times reported.
Delphi said it reached a tentative deal with the United Auto Workers and former parent General Motors to complete the bankrupt auto-parts maker's reorganization.
The bull is back at Ford. At least that's the attitude Ford is taking with the re-birth of the Taurus. But as - walk around the new Taurus being built here at Ford's plant on the south side of Chicago, I'm wondering how much of a charge this new bull will lead at Ford.
While everyone's talking about the shakeup at Yahoo, Google continues to take over the world. Google's video site YouTube is launching its first foreign-language Web sites. Already, over half of the site's audience comes from outside the U.S., but by translating its site into seven other languages is intended to fend off competition. Eventually YouTube will tweak the translated sites to the specific countries-- Brazil, France, Ireland, Italy, Japan, the Netherlands, Poland, Spain and the UK, featuring local content and being sensitive to cultural issues.
A week ago, while doing a live shot for an unrelated story, a viewer, who's husband worked at Ford for years, came up to me and said, "Tell people all the good things happening at Ford, we need the good news to get out." This is not the first time I have heard this type of message, either in person or via e-mail, from an investor, worker, retiree, or just plain fan of the big 3. Often the message includes a side comment such as, "Quit telling people the public doesn't believe in the quality/reliability of the big 3, because that's not true."
If you've been reading the headlines this week, you've probably seen stories about the Big 3 planning to push for pay and benefit cuts totaling 30%. Often the headline is accompanied by a sub-headline saying the United Auto Workers and the Big 3 are headed for a collision course. Folks, get ready for a long hot summer of posturing, trial contract offers being floated, and the yes, the very real possibility that we could see a work stoppage.
Ford Motor said Thursday about 27,000 union workers who accepted buyouts from the automaker have left the company so far.
Europe's new car registrations fell for the fourth month in a row in May, but Fiat beat the market and its rivals with a 5.7% rise in sales thanks to tax breaks in Italy, industry data showed.
Ford Motor said on Tuesday it was working with financial advisers on the best options for its European luxury brands Jaguar and Land Rover.
The British government is in contact with Ford Motor over the possible sale of the U.S. carmaker's Jaguar and Land Rover brands.
Ford Motor has hired investment banks to help it explore options including a sale of its Jaguar and Land Rover European luxury brands, sources familiar with the matter said, as several companies ruled themselves out from bidding.
A decade after the first Prius went on sale, Toyota's global sales of hybrid vehicles have hit a landmark 1 million, underlining the Japanese automaker's lead in "green" technology that has changed the face of the auto industry.
It's the kind of news the folks in Dearborn, Michigan have been aching to receive. The latest survey on quality from J.D. Power and Associates showed a huge jump in quality for American automaker--Ford. In overall standings, Lincoln cracked the top 3, coming in third, while Mercury jumped to #8 and Ford surged to #10. Not only that, Ford Motor had 5 models that were rated as best in their class of vehicles- more than any other automaker. Can't you hear the hallelujah's in Detroit??
Ford supplanted Toyota as the leader of the pack in initial quality rankings, taking the top spot in five of 19 segments in the 2007 survey by J.D. Power and Associates, released Wednesday.
Toyota Motor said U.S. auto sales rose 9.7% last month, pushing its sales above both Ford Motor and Chrysler. Ford sales fell in May, while GM and Chrysler sales rose.
If you're among those who think the Detroit "Big Three" are a lost cause that, despite improving quality and efficiency, are simply in a long, slow slide that shows no sign of ending, listen up. The latest study on the efficiency from Harbour Consulting shows the Big Three are closing the gap with Asian competitors. Want more?
Stocks soared to new records as investors speculated that the Federal Reserve is unlikely to raise interest rates anytime soon. "Inflation, although it's their predominant worry, is likely to ease back and that's just a picture perfect recipe for the market," said Stuart Schweitzer, global markets strategist at JP Morgan Private Bank.