We're not Wall Street experts here at Autoblog but after Ford announced 2005 earning would likely be down compared to a strong 2004, the stock in midday trading was 30 cents higher. Car sales are expected to increase but the financial arm, Ford's saving grace the past few years, will probably be down in 2005 due to higher interest rates. Add increased health care costs and Ford isn't looking red hot. But it seems the increased car sales is a positive sign.

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