Ford To Challenge Toyota’s Hybrid Lead and 2 Other Hot Stocks To Watch

Ford Motor Company (NYSE:F): Current price $13.79

Ford predicts that it will surpass its own full-year record for domestic hybrid sales in May, from demand for its Fusion and C-Max models, as it puts a challenge to Toyota’s dominance in gasoline-electric vehicles. Hybrid deliveries for Ford hit a monthly record of 8,481 in April, bringing the total so far in 2013 to 29,561, according to Erich Merkle, sales analyst for the United States. For a frame of reference, Ford’s yearly record for such sales was 35,496 in 2010. Chief Executive Officer Alan Mulally has introduced the new C-Max hybrids and electric versions of the redesigned Fusion sedan during the past year to take on Toyota, which has led the field with its Prius hybrids since the early 2000s. The new models are improvements to Ford’s effort to bring in more fuel-efficient smaller cars that complement its strengths in pickups and utility vehicles.

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Weatherford International (NYSE:WFT): Current price $13.72

The stock has been reiterated by TheStreet Ratings as a Hold along with a ratings score of C. Analysts say that the firm’s strengths can be viewed in  a number of areas, like its revenue growth, healthy cash flow from operations and mostly solid financial position, with reasonable debt levels by most metrics. However, they also said that “…as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity and poor profit margins. WFT’s revenue growth has slightly outpaced the industry average of 7.6 percent. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly increased by 9.4 percent. This growth in revenue does not appear to have trickled down to the company’s bottom line, displayed by a decline in earnings per share.”

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BlackBerry (NASDAQ:BBRY): Current price $15.89

The firm’s new Q10 smartphone with the physical keyboard that many BlackBerry fans favor, is selling well in both Canada and Britain, according to an industry analyst on Friday. This week, BlackBerry launched the Q10, which is the second smartphone to run the new BlackBerry 10 operating system, in Canada and Britain. Analyst Peter Misek at Jefferies noted that “our checks indicate broad sell-outs with generally limited stock otherwise. Based on our store checks, the BlackBerry Q10 has been selling extremely well and has been sold out or seeing limited availability in Toronto and across the U.K.”

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