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  • Futures suggested stock would retreat Tuesday after a milestone session on Monday that sent the S&P over 1,000 for the first time since November.

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    Ford Motor's sales growth outpaced its rivals from the U.S. and Japan in July, rising 2.3 percent to give the automaker its first year-over-year monthly sales increase since November 2007, thanks in part to the U.S. government "Cash for Clunkers" program.

  • Ford Motor gapped up to a 15-month high Monday morning, following bullish options activity last week.

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    Credit Cash for Clunkers with giving Ford the boost needed to post its first positive monthly sales in 2 years.

  • The bulls only nudged the Dow slightly higher on Friday, but the move was enough for the blue chip index to record its best gain for July since 1989!

  • Options action was bullish on Ford Motor today as investors bet that the automaker would rally at least 6 percent in the next four weeks.

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    When I first heard the $1 Billion set aside by the Federal government for the "Cash for Clunkers" program was about to run out, I chuckled and thought, "well that didn't take long." It also has brought up a question as to whether or not the quick evaporation of money means the public is ready to buy cars and trucks again, or if this is a one time "flash point" of demand sparked by Federal money. My gut says it's the latter.

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    With so many people holding onto their car or truck longer, it's only natural folks are asking if they have a car that qualifies for the Cash for Clunker program. The fact is, most of us will not qualify for the federal program which kicked off this weekend. That's primarily because of the restrictions Washington has placed on the program.

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    It's becoming a habit at Ford. Beating the street and forcing analysts to raise estimates for when the auto maker will get back in the black. The second quarter numbers released today are further proof the country's #2 car company will likely be turning a profit fairly soon.

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    Just two weeks after emerging from bankruptcy, GM has re-arranged its leaders and now finds itself with a full set of directors. Those moves, along with the formation of an executive committee put in place the people who will try to lead GM back to profitability.

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    General Motors says its second-quarter worldwide sales fell 15 percent compared with the same period last year due to economic troubles and North American production cuts.

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    The Obama administration warned Congress on Tuesday that a House-approved plan to restore shuttered General Motors and Chrysler dealerships would threaten the auto companies' bankruptcies and recovery.

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    The question was blunt. The answer telling. Yesterday as I sat with a handful of other reporters for aone hour chat with Yoshi Inaba, the new President of Toyota North America talked about Toyota building cars that evoke passion.

  • Auto sales could bounce back to the $12- to 13-million annual sales rate within a year, Toyota Motor's North American President Yoshi Inaba said Monday.

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    The new man in charge of Toyota North America, Yoshi Inaba, is focused on getting the Japanese auto maker back on track in the states by making decisions faster and getting closer to the customer.

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    Boulder, Colorado is the perfect place to try out Ford's new EcoBoost engine. After all, zipping up Flagstaff Mountain in a Ford Flex is the way to truly feel the increased torque you get with EcoBoost.

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    It's the one thing auto execs constantly worry about. Making sure the launch of a new or re-designed model hits the target. It sounds simple, but historically there are numerous cases where an auto maker puts a new car or truck in showrooms and it falls short of expectations. Sometimes woefully short.

  • Rick Wagoner

    Whatever you think, and I know many of you reading this believe the guy ran GM into the ground and is now gone so who cares about him, what Wagoner thinks remains a mystery. Ever since the White House fired him at the end of March, Wagoner has been silent. As GM went in and out of bankruptcy, he said nothing publicly.

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    Taking full advantage of bankruptcy court, and the ability to drop contracts it no longer wants, GM is dumping dozens of sponsorships around the country.