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  • One Last Race for Chevy and Ford Tuesday, 2 Jan 2007 | 10:26 AM ET

    While most of us wrapped 2006 with holiday parties and hopefully a few days off - hey, at least that's what I did last week - Chevy and Ford dealers finished a pitched battle to see which brand would wrap up the year as number one in total sales. The winner gets bragging rights as being America's favorite nameplate for cars and trucks. The loser will claim it doesn't matter. The truth is...

  • Japan's Surge: Giving Americans What They Want Thursday, 28 Dec 2006 | 12:13 PM ET

    While the big 3 continue to struggle with costly (both in dollars and human terms) plant closings, the Japanese auto plants are surging.  And the reason for this is America's growing appetite for fuel efficient vehicles. Which reinforces the hangover GM, Ford and Chrysler are feeling from years of focusing on SUV's and pick-up trucks. The latest number from the Japanese Automobile Manufacturers Association shows...

  • Bullish sentiment took hold of markets as stocks charged higher--albeit on thin volume--with auto and homebuilding shares leading the way.

  • Mulally Meets Toyota - Changing Ford's Mindset Wednesday, 27 Dec 2006 | 11:18 AM ET

    When I heard that Ford CEO Alan Mulally met earlier this month in Tokyo with Toyota CEO Fujio Cho, I wasn't surprised. Nor should Ford investors and fans of the #2 American automaker. This is yet another sign, Mulally is bound and determined to move his company into a more competitive position - even if that means learning from a fierce competitor that is about to pass Ford.

  • Ford and Toyota: Rolling Out An All-New Alliance? Wednesday, 27 Dec 2006 | 9:42 AM ET

    This morning the market is buzzing about a meeting in Japan between Ford's CEO and Toyota's Chairman. They said they did not discuss forming an alliance, but that didn't stop speculation in this morning's Japanese newspapers which are ablaze with rumors that it’s the first step of a partnership. CNBC’s Bob Pisani reveals how this news (and other events) are moving markets.

  • Today on cnbc.com Wednesday, 27 Dec 2006 | 8:12 AM ET

    Good morning. Our quote of the day comes from Gerald Ford: "Our long national nightmare is over." That of course was the former president referring to the end of Watergate. As you probably know-- Ford died last night in California.  He was 93. Ford was the only U.S. president to serve--without having been elected to the office.

  • The meeting was also attended by Ford Executive Vice President Mark Fields, who is in charge of restructuring the automaker's loss-making North American operations, a newspaper said.

  • When the Going Gets Tough, The Tough Go Shopping Tuesday, 26 Dec 2006 | 3:14 PM ET

    OK, I know you’ve probably heard that corny old line before, but for the breaking news desk, it certainly works today. Trust me when I tell you that the week between Christmas and New Year’s is slow. Painfully slow. Oh sure, there might be breaking news, but here in the business world, with many on vacation, we’re essentially waiting for January.

  • Ford Losing Car Market - But Truck Market Too? Thursday, 21 Dec 2006 | 11:37 AM ET

    Ford's days as the nation's Number Two automaker may be numbered. The New York Times reports the car company expects Toyota to unseat it from that position for good next year. It's a post Ford has held since the 1920s.

  • Analyst Upgrade: Finding Faith In Ford? Tuesday, 19 Dec 2006 | 2:42 PM ET
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    Ford Motor doesn’t exactly inspire confidence in investors these days. The U.S. auto industry on the whole has been lagging behind stronger Japanese competitors like Toyota Motor and Honda Motor. But Morgan Stanley analyst Jonathan Steinmetz upgraded Ford to a “buy” today and says shares will jump 32% by the end of 2007.

  • Who's Hot? Not the Big 3 Tuesday, 19 Dec 2006 | 2:12 PM ET

    The next time someone says, "Boy that is one hot car!"  Keep in mind, while beauty is in the eye of the beholder, the one independent way of measuring the hottest or fastest selling cars is J.D. Power's, "Hot off the Lot" list.   And the latest list confirms what you might suspect: the most in demand models right now are made by...

  • Ford Shake-Up ... Will It Help? Friday, 15 Dec 2006 | 11:49 AM ET

    The Mulally "re-mix" is starting to play out at Ford , and the new CEO isn't waiting long to send a message.  The question is how much this management shake up will go in reviving ford. Long-time Ford employee Derrick Kuzak has been put in charge of global vehicle development after previously serving as Ford's VP of product development. The new job means Kuzak is the man...

  • Ford Streamlines Corporate Structure Thursday, 14 Dec 2006 | 5:23 PM ET

    Ford Motor  President and Chief Executive Alan Mulally said the automaker has realigned its organization to put more focus on worldwide markets and customers.

  • Ford's Showroom of the Future -- Doesn't Show Much Tuesday, 12 Dec 2006 | 2:02 PM ET

    I just saw a glimpse of Ford's product pipeline, and while there were a few exceptions, what I saw didn't do much to ease concerns that Ford's immediate future is weak. That doesn't mean you should write off Ford, it simply means, in my opinion, it may take a while for Ford to end it's 6 year sales slide.

  • Market Wrap: Modest Gains On Mixed Data Friday, 8 Dec 2006 | 4:46 PM ET

    Here's our last look at the markets today--U.S. stocks rallied modestly after a better-than-expected U.S. jobs report sparked the first weekly gain in equities in the last month. Also--market moving comments heard on CNBC today from Treasury Secretary Hank Paulson sent the U.S. dollar higher. Mary Thompson has all the winners and loser - she's CNBC's "Eye On The Floor."

  • CNBC's Domm: Markets Preview Friday, 8 Dec 2006 | 8:12 AM ET

    It's all about the jobs report today. World stock markets trend flat to lower ahead of the report and U.S. stocks are mixed ahead of the opening. The dollar remains in a tight range and oil traded higher over night on expectations OPEC may limit production again when it meets next week.

  • WSJ's Mossberg: New Software Stops Printing Waste Thursday, 7 Dec 2006 | 2:01 PM ET

    Most of us have done this--tried to print from the internet only to find 6 pages on the printer, 2 with your article and 4 mostly empty pages of side bar ads and copyright text that you definitely don't need. Besides wasting time--it wastes paper and in the corporate setting--that's a lot of trees. Now--a new company in Portland, Oregon called GreenPrint-- promises to eliminate that excess.

  • The major market indexes took a breather today – all closing modestly lower - in spite of a strong ADP report showing an extra 158,000 jobs added in the private sector in November. Mary Thompson sorted out the market activity – she’s CNBC’s “Eye on the Floor.” Investors are now looking to the jobs report to create some movement in the markets. That’s due out Friday.

  • Stocks Close Modestly Lower Ahead of Employment Report Wednesday, 6 Dec 2006 | 4:30 PM ET

    Stocks closed modestly lower as investors took a pause ahead of Friday's key employment report.

  • The chief of Boeing's commercial airplanes unit said the company's hot-selling 787 Dreamliner, which is crucial to Boeing's financial prospects, is on schedule for its first test flight next year and first customer delivery in 2008.