Business is booming at Pioneer Natural Resources Co., an oil and gas exploration company, and so is its demand for pickups. Pioneer bought more than 250 new Ford F-Series trucks since August and is ordering 200 more.
Ford Motor Co.’s factories in Thailand are capable of producing eight times more vehicles than it sells locally. With help from a Thai government program, the automaker plans to make sure the excess capacity doesn’t become a liability like at its plants in Europe.
Asian shares rose as the Nikkei 225 Stock Average closed above 15,000 for the first time since 2007 after the yen touched a 4 1/2-year low against the dollar, boosting the earnings outlook for Japanese exporters.
Pickup trucks lined a stretch of gravel road where 150 farmers mingled between 7-foot tall cornstalks and shimmering soybeans to see which of their wealthy brethren would bid on a swath of Iowa’s richest cropland. This was a farm -- table-flat and 314 acres -- so coveted that it drew three times the usual land-sale crowd.