Stock Search: Ford, Xerox

Readers take particular interest in Ford after positive news from the automaker, and Xerox after its latest quarterly earnings report.
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The bulls roared Friday as positive

news

from

Ford

(F) - Get Report

helped push stocks higher, landing the automaker on TheStreet.com's most-searched stocks list.

Ford shares were up significantly after the company beat first-quarter estimates, reduced its cash burn and reiterated that it remains on track to break even or earn a profit in 2011. Ford's business is also being helped by worries over the future of

GM

(GM) - Get Report

, another heavily searched stock.

On the earnings front,

Xerox

(XRX) - Get Report

was rising more than 4% after turning a

first-quarter profit

but reining in guidance.

Meanwhile,

Microsoft

(MSFT) - Get Report

was a hot ticker on Stock Search the day after the company reported its

quarterly revenue

fell from the previous year for the first time in its 23-year history as a public company, while its profit sank 32%

3M's

(MMM) - Get Report

quarterly profit

dropped

48% as the global economic slowdown hurt its sales in everything from health care to office supplies, prompting the company to lower its 2009 outlook again.

Similarly,

Honeywell's

(HON) - Get Report

quarterly earnings

dropped

38% as the battered aviation and auto industries cut spending. Honeywell also cut its 2009 profit forecast.

Financial stocks were popular searches as investors focused on the so-called stress tests, especially with regard to troubled mega-banks

Citigroup

(C) - Get Report

and

Bank of America

(BAC) - Get Report

.

American Express

(AXP) - Get Report

shares were up double digits after better-than-expected earnings and despite a ratings

downgrade

from Moody's.

CIT Group

(CIT) - Get Report

, on the other hand, was sinking more than 20% a day after its earnings. The stock was

downgraded

by Barclays, Keefe Bruyette and Woods, and Credit Suisse to equal weight, market perform and neutral, respectively.

Finally,

Morgan Stanley

(MS) - Get Report

shares were falling more than 2% after a report that its

considering changes

to its biggest proprietary-trading desk, including possibly spinning it out into a hedge fund.

Before joining TheStreet.com, Gregg Greenberg was a writer and segment producer for CNBC's Closing Bell. He previously worked at FleetBoston and Lehman Brothers in their Private Client Services divisions, covering high net-worth individuals and midsize hedge funds. Greenberg attended New York University's School of Business and Economic Reporting. He also has an M.B.A. from Cornell University's Johnson School of Business, and a B.A. in history from Amherst College.