Why Ford Inventory Jumped Monday

What occurred

Ford Motor (F -0.26%) started its path towards investing in electrical automobiles (EVs) earlier than a lot of its bulletins on the Mach-E or F-150 Lightning. Approach again in April 2019, Ford made a $500 million funding into EV start-up Rivian Automotive (RIVN 1.14%). That relationship has come into extra of a spotlight in current days after Rivian went public and now sports activities a market cap nicely above that of Ford. That very same relationship is what pushed shares of Ford up sharply at present. Its inventory closed Monday’s session up 5.4%, although it jumped as a lot as 7.2% earlier at present. 

So what

The bounce got here after each corporations acknowledged that they’ve scrapped earlier plans to collectively develop an electrical automobile. That information gave buyers confidence that Ford’s electrification technique is powerful sufficient to proceed by itself. 

Ford F-150 Lightning at Ford's Rouge EV center.

Ford F-150 Lightning at Ford’s Rouge EV heart. Picture supply: Ford Motor.

Now what

Ford spokesman Ian Thibodeau confirmed the businesses scrapped automobile growth plans, however he mentioned that Ford retains a relationship with Rivian, as reported by CNBC. A part of that relationship stems from the 12% stake that Ford now holds in Rivian after the start-up went public by way of an preliminary public providing (IPO) lower than two weeks in the past. 

As Ford has detailed extra of its EV transition plans, maybe it should not have been a shock to buyers to listen to the shift in earlier plans to work immediately with Rivian to ship a Ford EV. Final month, Reuters reported that Ford govt Alexandra Ford English had left the Rivian board in Could. That information got here from filings by Rivian associated to its IPO. 

However with the businesses now acknowledging the change from earlier plans to work collectively, buyers appear extra assured that Ford is snug sufficient with its go-to-market technique surrounding electrification that it does not must work with a pure play like Rivian. That is excellent news for these taking a look at the long run with an funding in Ford, and its 12% Rivian stake additionally offers Ford entry to new capital, which supplies extra choices for the automaker. 

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