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shares were higher amid news that the company reportedly plans to increase production in the fourth quarter.

At an auto seminar in Paris, Ford's chief executive officer, Bill Ford, did not say by how much output would be increased, but later told a group of reporters that it would not be a lot.

Two weeks ago, Ford, which is less than a year into a major restructuring plan, said that it would post a small profit in the third quarter instead of a 10-cent loss that analysts were predicting.

Because of 0% financing incentives, Ford has been able to move cars off its lots despite an economic downturn. But some market watchers have

warned about the impact of these offers on the company's lending arms.

In recent trading, shares of Ford were up 37 cents, or 4.2%, at $9.73.