Crista Huff

Welcome to John Ransom’s Stocks In The News, where the headline meets the trendline.   

Stock number one is:        

Ford Motor Company, (SYMBOL: F) and the headline says:

Ford Focus Tops Global Car Sales     

The Ford Focus, manufactured by Ford Motor Company, topped 2012 auto sales as the world looks for smaller passenger cars.  Runners-up were the Toyota Corolla and the Ford F-Series pick-up trucks.  Ford CEO Alan Mulally is the driver behind the company’s effort to compete more effectively around the world.         

Earnings per share fell in 2012, and are expected to be down a fraction again in 2013, due to economic woes in Europe, a glut on the car market in South America, and margin pressures in China.          

Ford stock has been trading sideways for three years.   

Our Ransom Note trendline says: STAY ON THE SIDELINES.    

F Chart

F data by YCharts

Stock number two is:        

ALCOA Inc., (SYMBOL: AA) and the headline says:          

Alcoa Handily Beats First Quarter Earnings Estimates       

Alcoa Inc., the largest U.S. aluminum producer, beat Wall Street estimates today with their first quarter earnings.  Analysts expected 8 cents per share, and Alcoa delivered 11 cents per share, excluding one-time gains.  The company has shifted its manufacturing focus toward more profitable products and solutions, filling an increased demand from  the aerospace and auto industries. 

Crista Huff

Crista Huff is a retired stockbroker from a NYSE member investment firm. She writes about market-timing at Goodfellow LLC and is active politically.
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