Ford Motor Co. executives remain optimistic about the auto maker’s long-term prospects, despite posting a whopping 2008 fourth-quarter pre-tax loss of $3.7 billion, compared with prior-year’s $620 million deficit. The net loss amounts to $5.9 billion, or $2.46 per share, and compares with like-2007’s loss of $2.8 billion, or $1.33 a share. For entire 2008, Ford lost a record $14.6 billion, or $6.41 per share, compared with prior-year’s loss of $2.7 billion, or $1.38 per share. The ...

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