The bulls roared Friday as positive news from Ford ( F) helped push stocks higher, landing the automaker on'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), another heavily searched stock.

On the earnings front, Xerox ( XRX) was rising more than 4% after turning a first-quarter profit but reining in guidance.

Meanwhile, Microsoft ( MSFT) 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) 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) 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) and Bank of America ( BAC).

American Express ( AXP) shares were up double digits after better-than-expected earnings and despite a ratings downgrade from Moody's.

CIT Group ( CIT), 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) 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, 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.