Here’s Why Shares of Ford Are Tumbling Today

November Monthly Sales Numbers Drop Sharply For Automakers
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Ford Motor (F) reported weaker-than-expected profit in the second quarter, and said its full-year earnings forecast was at risk with U.S. auto sales expected to fall in the second half, sending shares tumbling in premarket trading.

Auto sales in the United States and China were lower than anticipated in the quarter, and Ford reported its first quarterly loss in the Asia Pacific in three years.

The company reported quarterly net income of $1.97 billion, or $0.49 per diluted share, against $2.16 billion or $0.54 per share a year earlier. Excluding one-time items, it earned $0.52 per share, against analyst expectations of $0.60 per share.

Ford shares shed 8% in morning trading.


Second-quarter revenue was $39.5 billion, up 6% from a year earlier, beating analyst expectations of $36.3 billion.

Chief Financial Officer Bob Shanks told reporters the U.S. economic recovery is “maturing,” a factor poised to dent auto sales growth later this year. Ford derived 90% of its $2.99 billion pretax profit from North America in the quarter.

The company now expects the U.S. economy to grow 1.9% to 2.3% this year, lower than its previous expectation of 2.1% to 2.6% growth.

Looking further ahead, Shanks said 2017 will be even weaker for U.S. auto sales.

Shanks said the company was maintaining its forecast of equaling or improving on last year’s pretax profit of $10.8 billion, though there were risks to reaching that performance, including a weaker North American market.

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