On Oct. 20, Ford (NYSE:F) released earnings for its 2005 third quarter, which ended Sept. 30.

  • Net loss per share excluding special items was $0.10, or one penny worse than the Street consensus. Makes you wonder what executives are so optimistic about, eh?

  • This is Ford's first quarterly net loss in more than two years. The biggest contributor was Ford's ailing auto business, which posted a $1.3 billion pre-tax loss, more than double the $609 million loss posted in last year's Q3.

  • The finance team couldn't cover this time, either, as operating margins were nearly cut in half. Ouch.

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