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Despite the rumors of contentiousness surrounding Kirk Kerkorian's Tracinda Corporation and its agitation in Dearborn, Ford reports that a recent talk between Executive Chairman Bill Ford Jr., CEO Alan Mulally, and the investment firm were informal and positive. Never a shrinking violet, 91-year-old Kirk Kerkorian has held large stakes of each of the Detroit 3 in the past. Tracinda's most recent foray into Ford's stock coincides with a shift by the Blue Oval away from its historically strong gro

In late April, billionaire investor Kirk Kerkorian made public his intention to have Tracindo Corp., his investment company, buy up an additional 20 million shares of Ford stock to up his ownership of the Blue Oval from 4.7% to 5.6%. He offered $8.50/share, which at the time was a small premium over Ford's share price of $7.50 and today is a big premium over its current price of $6.16/share. He set a deadline for Ford shareholders to respond to his offer by yesterday at 5 PM, and boy did they. K

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