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The No. automaker posted a record pretax profit of $8.3 billion in North America in 2012, the result of a 6 year turnaround orchestrated by CEO Alan Mulally. It reaching back into that playbook to fix its operations in Europe, where it lost $1.75 billion. The European restructuring plan announced in October was one reason Ford stock has been trading at levels not seen since 2011.

Christian Mayes, an auto analyst for investment firm Edward Jones, said that besides the time and money that the European operations is going to require, Ford investors have other reasons to worry. market that will compete with Fords. And competition from Japanese and Korean automakers remains strong. market share in 2012 as Japanese automakers came roaring back after the 2011 earthquake in Japan. market share this year. The company is expecting pickup sales to increase, which should benefit the F Series, and the new Escape and Fusion should also do well now that the safety recalls are behind them.

an 18 month high of $14.30 after Ford announced it was doubling its annual dividend to 40 cents per share.

will hit bottom this year, Shanks said. operations six years ago. It closing three European factories by 2014, affecting 6,200 employees, and introducing 15 new vehicles to Europe over the next five years, including the iconic Mustang sports car.

In Ford Asia Pacific and Africa region, sales rose 15 per cent for the year. But an aggressive expansion across the region is cutting profits. In China alone, Ford plans to build two new plants, introduce the Lincoln brand and bring out eight new vehicles in the next two years. Revenue in Asia rose 19 per cent to $10 billion in 2012, but the division reported a pretax loss of $77 million.

Jefferies analyst Peter Nesvold, who recommends buying Ford stock, said Ford stunning turnaround in North America where it lost $1.9 billion as recently as 2008 should convince investors that it can have similar success in Europe.

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DEARBORN, Mich. Ford is posting record profits in North America, but it not enough to quell unease about the company prospects elsewhere.

has to believe the shares have tremendous upside if Ford comes even close to replicating its North American restructuring success in Europe, Nesvold wrote.

2013 even though sales are expected to increase. That partly because of the company continuing pension obligations. Ford plans to contribute $5 billion to its pensions in 2013, up from $3.4 billion last year.

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Ford fourth quarter profit totalled $1.6 billion, down from a $13.6 billion profit a year earlier. But the profit actually rose by $600 million absent a big accounting related gain in last year quarter.

Shanks said Ford margins will stay in the 5 per cent range in Nike Kyrie One Review

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things don happen in three months, six months or even a year. But we will get there, Chief Financial Officer Bob Shanks said in a phone call with investors and media.

Ford 2012 earnings declined by $300 million to $5.66 billion because of the loss in Europe. Earnings fell to $1.42 per share from $1.51 per share.

Shares fell 64 cents to $13.14, wiping out most of their gain for this year. Just two weeks ago, the shares hit Nike Kyrie Letterman

don command the high prices of its SUVs and trucks. or Europe. Ford sold 86,000 Focus sedans in Asia Pacific in the third quarter, up 79 per cent from last year. By comparison, North American Focus sales were up 30 per cent to 65,000 and European sales were down 18 per cent to 74,000.

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Asia is becoming increasingly important to Ford, which has set a goal of selling one third of its cars and trucks there by 2020, up from about 18 per cent now. But the region is a long way from becoming a big revenue generator, in part because Ford sells smaller vehicles in China that Nike Kyrie 2 Id Battle Grey

The outlook overshadowed another strong performance in North America last year. Even the Escape SUV and Fusion sedan remained top sellers despite recalls of some new models for safety problems. buyers paid a premium for, such as inflatable seatbelts. buyers paid an average of $31,935 per Ford vehicle last year, or $500 more than the year before. workers as a result of its North American profits.

Ford earned 31 cents per share, up from an adjusted 20 cents per share in the fourth quarter of 2011. That beat analysts forecast of 25 cents per share, according to FactSet.

Ford shares dropped nearly 5 per cent Tuesday after Nike Kyrie Niketalk the company said it expects to lose more money in Europe this year and break even in Asia and South America. The final straw for investors: Ford said sales will increase next year but profits should remain about the same, dashing hopes that margins will continue to grow.

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But Tuesday, Ford forecast a loss of $2 billion in Europe and company executives and Wall Street analysts reminded investors that improving the performance outside of North America in both Europe and Asia will take time.

New products should boost sales in South America this year, but currency and trade issues are likely to hamper its results there, Ford said. South American profits fell by 75 per cent to $213 million last year.

Ford shares tank as automaker reminds investors there

Europe sales fell by 15.5 per cent last year, and the company doesn expect things to get better soon.

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But that where the good news ends.

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