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Ford posts $1.7 billion quarterly loss, offers weak 2020 forecast

DEARBORN, Mich., Feb 4 (Reuters) - Ford Motor Co on Tuesday posted a fourth-quarter loss and provided a weaker-than-expected 2020 forecast due to continued higher warranty costs, lower vehicle volumes, lower results from Ford Credit and higher investment in future transportation.

The No. 2 U.S. automaker, struggling to complete a long-running restructuring and faced with continued losses in China, said it expects 2020 operating earnings in the range of 94 cents to $1.20 a share, below the $1.26 analysts were expecting, according to IBES data from Refinitiv.

For the fourth quarter of 2019, Ford reported a net loss of $1.7 billion, or 42 cents a share, compared with a loss of $100 million, or 3 cents a share, a year earlier.

The quarter included a loss of $2.2 billion due to higher contributions to its employee pension plans, something it disclosed last month.

Excluding one-time charges, Ford earned 12 cents a share, three cents below what analysts had expected.

Revenue in the quarter fell 5% to $39.7 billion, above the $36.5 billion Wall Street had expected. (Reporting by Ben Klayman and Paul Lienert; Editing by Tom Brown)