Shares of Ford are up nearly 13% year-to-date, and 10% in just the last 3 months. This momentum, illustrated in the chart below, is one indicator that shareholders may experience more of the same going forward. That depends on some key factors.
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During the first quarter of 2014, Ford's net income fell sharply. Quarterly retained earnings growth fell from above 30% to 23.77%. That's not too troubling, but to sustain the leap in the stock's price, the company will need to produce improved numbers when it reports second quarter results on July 24.
Hope for this surfaced July 9, when Ford announced a 6.6% year-over-year increase during June for auto sales in Europe. This was in sync with its intentions to become profitable again in Europe and maintained its schedule to accomplish this by late 2015.