Toyota (NYSE:TM) might have re-claimed the title of biggest seller of vehicles in the world last year, but U.S.-based Ford (NYSE:F) was the only automaker to make this top 10 list. It moved up one spot from the year before, while the stock beat the market in 2012 with nearly 18% gains.
Investors have had different reasons to buzz about the company than consumers, though.
Ford kicked off the new year by doubling its dividend, for example, boosting the yield to a heft 3.1%. Plus, from a labor point of view, Ford had been adding lots of jobs here in the states. It struck a four-year labor agreement at the start of 2012 that added 12,000 new U.S. manufacturing jobs — many of which were brought back home from Mexico, China and Japan. Plus, it kicked of 2013 by announcing plans to add more than 2,000 positions in Michigan.
Toss in the fact that its 2013 Ford Fusion was named “Green Car of the Year” and there’s plenty of reason to buzz about this automaker.