Ford Reportedly Considering Spinning Off Visteon

Its board is also reportedly eying a dividend increase or a stock buyback.
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Ford Motor's

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board Wednesday will reportedly consider plans to spin out its part-making unit,


, as well as proposals to boost the company's shares with a dividend increase or a stock buyback.

An announcement on the specifics on how Ford will make Visteon independent is expected this week, according to a report in Wednesday's

Wall Street Journal


Visteon is the world's No. 2 auto parts maker -- behind

Delphi Automotive


-- with operations in 21 countries. Its automotive products include chassis systems, climate control systems and complete instrument panel; nonautomotive products include theater seats and power generators. Ford accounts for more than 90% of Visteon's sales.

Visteon has an alliance with


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to develop a computing platform for cars.

Ford shares closed Wednesday up 1 11/16, or 3.3%, at 53 5/8.