NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- Ford ( F) posted profits of 46 cents a share in the first quarter, beating analysts' expectations and further supporting the notion that the Dearborn, Mich., company has emerged from the global financial meltdown with vengeance.The largest U.S.-based automaker has gained nearly 155% over the last year, closing at $13.58 on Thursday, driven primarily by strong sales, improved operations and higher profits in its financial services arm. Some ways to reap the benefits of Ford's success include:
- Consumer Discretionary Select Sector SPDR (XLY), which allocates nearly 4% of its assets to Ford. XLY closed at $35.56 on Thursday.
- Vanguard Consumer Discretionary ETF (VCR), which allocates nearly 2.3% of its assets to Ford. VCR closed at $56.88 on Thursday.
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