Ford’s Focus Tops in Global Sales in 2013 First Half and 2 Other Hot Stocks to Watch

Ford Motor Co. (NYSE:F): Current price $17.43

Ford has announced that its Focus compact once again hit the number-one global sales rank through the first half of 2013, while sales more than doubled in China. The iconic automaker, pointing at data from researcher R.L. Polk & Co., said that worldwide Focus registrations jumped by 20 percent in the first six months to 589,709. Focus sales in China soared by 137 percent during the period to 202,380.

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Microsoft Corp. (NASDAQ:MSFT): Current price $34.07

On Wednesday, CipherPoint, tops in data security solutions for Microsoft SharePoint Server, Microsoft Office 365, and Microsoft SharePoint Online, announced its membership in the Microsoft Business-Critical SharePoint Partner Program. To be eligible as a member of the program, partners must prove their capacity to help customers maximize the value of their SharePoint investment, and they must demonstrate domain expertise as well, and have significant experience with SharePoint in one or more lines-of-business. CipherPoint was chosen for the program due to its ability to address security and compliance needs that large enterprises have for sensitive and regulated data, and for its unique ability to secure data in both on- and off-premises SharePoint deployments.

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Sirius XM Radio Inc. (NASDAQ:SIRI): Current price $4.07

Sirius and American Honda Motor Co. have extended their relationship to January 2020, meaningfully boosting the penetration of SiriusXM factory-installed tech into new Honda and Acura vehicles. Beginning next year, American Honda will steadily move up the penetration of SiriusXM across its entire vehicle lineup. The company will expand SiriusXM as factory-installed equipment on its best-selling models, including the Accord, Civic, CR-V and Pilot, as well as add SiriusXM to the Fit, CR-Z and Insight. Beyond that, SiriusXM will become standard equipment on the Acura ILX.

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