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News For AXL;GM From The Last 14 Days
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July 28, 2015
08:49 EDTGMGeneral Motors outlook positive, says Argus
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06:41 EDTGMU.S. regulators pledge to continue auto safety crackdown, WSJ reports
Federal regulators have vowed to continue a crackdown on auto makers when discovering "significant" safety lapses, the Wall Street Journal reports. U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx said Monday that he was "encouraged" by conversations with car companies about safety problems, the report says. Publicly traded companies in the space include Fiat Chrysler (FCAU), Ford (F), General Motors (GM), Honda (HMC), Nissan (NSANY), Toyota (TM) and Volkswagen (VLKAY). Reference Link
06:12 EDTGMGM to spend $5B in global growth markets, Financial Times reports
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July 27, 2015
12:50 EDTGMEarnings Watch: Ford shares down approximately 9% since Q1 report
Ford Motor Co. (F) is expected to report second quarter earnings on Tuesday, July 28, before the market open with a conference call scheduled for 9:00 am ET. Ford is a manufacturer and distributor of cars and trucks across six continents. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of 37c on revenue of $35.34B, according to First Call. The consensus range for EPS is 26c-43c on revenue of $33.41B-$37.32B. LAST QUARTER: Ford reported first quarter adjusted EPS of 23c against estimates for 26c, on automotive revenue of $31.8B against estimates for $33.9B. Ford reported Q1 wholesales of 1.568M. It raised its FY15 North American pre-tax operating margin view to 8.5%-9.5% from 8%-9%, and reconfirmed its 2015 pre-tax profit guidance of $8.5B-$9.5B. Ford said it expects North America to have a very strong year in 2015, with substantial top-line growth, higher pre-tax profit, and an improved operating margin. Ford sees 2015 U.S. industry volume of 17M-17.5M vehicles, Europe 20 industry volume of 15.2M-15.7M vehicles, and China industry volume of 24M-26M, compared to the previous view for Europe 20 of 14.8M-15.3M and China of 24.5M-26.5M. On its Q1 conference call, Ford said it sees 2015 as a "breakthrough year" for the company. It sees results growing "progressively stronger" as new products continue to build momentum. It said it saw strong top-line growth in 2015, and expected to improve global market share. Results in the second half of 2015 were expected to be stronger than the first half due to product timing, and capacity launches. During the quarter, Ford reported the following: April U.S. sales up 5% to 222,498 vehicles; May U.S. sales down 1% to 250,813 units; and June U.S. sales up 1.6% to 225,647 units. STREET RESEARCH: Street research has been positive in the weeks leading up to Ford's Q2 earnings report. On June 23, Goldman upgraded Ford to Buy from Neutral. Goldman Sachs analyst Patrick Archambault shifted his preference in automakers, upgrading Ford to Buy from Neutral and downgrading General Motors (GM) to Neutral from Buy in a note to investors. The analyst cited a superior growth outlook at Ford, Ford's improving positioning in China, and rising truck incentives from GM. Archambault viewed Ford as less vulnerable to the slowing growth in the Chinese market. The analyst raised his price target on Ford to $19 from $18, and lowered his price target on GM to $40 from $47, but noted that the new target still has 11% upside. On June 10, UBS said the underperformance in Ford shares has made it an attractive time to buy the stock, as the firm believed the company should have a strong second half of the year. The firm cited the successful F-150 launch, with demand exceeding supply, as well as China sales and the company's restructuring efforts. UBS reiterated its Buy rating and $19 price target on Ford shares. PRICE ACTION: Ford's shares are down approximately 9% since its Q1 report and have lost about 18% year-over-year. In afternoon trading ahead of Tuesday's Q2 report, Ford is up fractionally.
July 26, 2015
14:57 EDTGMGeneral Motors shares look 'very cheap,' Barron's says
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July 24, 2015
16:30 EDTGMStocks end week lower as Apple headlines busy week of earnings
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13:55 EDTGMGeneral Motors falls, levels to watch
Shares were last down at $30.90. At that price next support is at $30.30 and then at $28.82 which is the 52-week low. Resistance is at $31.75.
13:19 EDTGMDOJ unlikely to charge General Motors with bankruptcy fraud, WSJ reports
According to sources, The Wall Street Journal reports that it is "unlikely" that General Motors will be charged with bankruptcy fraud by the DOJ. However, the sources say that prosecutors in the U.S. attorney's office in Manhattan are still considering charging GM with criminal wire-fraud and would hope to bring a case and reach a settlement with the automaker as early as September. Reference Link
13:16 EDTGMU.S. Attorney's office considering wire-fraud charges against GM, DJ reports
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10:00 EDTGMOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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07:32 EDTGMCiti sees 'plenty of reasons' to buy General Motors
Citi analyst Itay Michaeli sees "plenty of reasons" to buy shares of General Motors (GM) ahead the Q2 results and reiterates a Buy rating on the name. Strong results e could serve as a turning point for investor sentiment, Michaeli tells investors in a research note. He continues to expect GM shares will trade at a premium to Ford (F) by the end of 2015. The analyst reiterates a Buy rating on the stock with a $50 price target.
07:15 EDTGMGeneral Motors record margins increase confidence in 2016, says UBS
UBS said General Motors record North American margins increases the firm's confidence in 2016. The firm views GM's Q2 results as solid, citing stability in the China market, close to breakeven results in Europe and management guidance for improved performance in the second half of 2015. UBS reiterated its Buy rating and raised its price target to $49 from $46 on General Motors shares.
06:56 EDTGMGeneral Motors upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Credit Suisse
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July 23, 2015
18:21 EDTGMOn The Fly: Top stock stories for Thursday
Stocks began the session mixed on the heels of weak earnings reports from both Caterpillar (CAT) and 3M (MMM). The Nasdaq managed to spend most of the day in positive territory but joined the other averages in negative territory by mid-afternoon. Selling picked up momentum towards late afternoon, and by day’s end each of the averages were lower by more than 0.4%, with the Dow losing nearly 0.7%. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., initial jobless claims fell to 255,000 in the week ended July 18, below the 278,000 first-time claims that were expected. The Leading Economic Indicators advanced 0.6% in June, exceeding expectations for a 0.3% increase. In Asia, the Shanghai Composite index advanced for a sixth straight session, adding another 2.4%. In Europe, the Greek Parliament voted to accept creditor terms for a new bailout, though a decision on when to reopen Greek financial markets was deferred to next week. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of General Motors (GM) finished the session up 3.96% to $31.50 after reporting earnings per share above analyst expectations. Other notable names rising following earnings reports include SanDisk (SNDK), Under Armour (UA), Southwest (LUV)... Caterpillar, meanwhile, dropped $2.86, or 3.59%, to $76.90 after cutting its yearly guidance during this morning's earnings report, with the company noting a "relatively stagnant" global economy. Also lower following earnings were Comcast (CMCSA, CMCSK), Bristol-Myers Squibb (BMY), Dunkin Brands (DNKN), and Boston Scientific (BSX). MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Cigna (CI), which rose $3.29, or 2.18%, to $154.36 after the Wall Street Journal reported last night that Anthem (ANTM) is nearing a deal to acquire the company for roughly $187, representing a total transaction value of over $48B. Adding to that report, CNBC's David Faber said on Thursday morning that Anthem will announce an agreement Friday to purchase Cigna for $188 per share, at a 45% equity, 55% cash split. Also higher were shares of numerous IT security companies, with FireEye (FEYE) advancing 4.53% and Palo Alto Networks (PANW) adding 2.33% after earnings reports from security firms Fortinet (FTNT) and F5 Networks (FFIV) beat on both top and bottom lines. Fortinet and F5, meanwhile, finished Thursday's session up 10.71% and 7.75% to $46.83 and $127.68, respectively. Among the noteworthy losers following earnings was McDonald's (MCD), which edged down 0.52% to $97.10 after noting that Q2 global comparable sales fell 0.7% for the quarter, including a 2% decline in U.S. same-store sales. Also lower was Hertz (HTZ), which declined 8.53% to $16.45 following a downgrade to Underweight at Morgan Stanley, with the research firm citing increased competition from Uber and similar mobility services. INDEXES: The Dow fell 119.12, or 0.67%, to 17,731.92, the Nasdaq lost 25.36, or 0.49%, to 5,146.41, and the S&P 500 declined 12.00, or 0.57%, to 2,102.15.
12:32 EDTGMOn The Fly: Top stock stories at midday
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11:37 EDTGMGM says FTC probing if dealers certified vehicles needing recall repairs
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10:33 EDTGMGM sees China auto industry to grow in low single digit range in 2015
10:20 EDTGMGM CEO says just completed car sharing program at Google HQ
General Motors (GM) CEO Mary Barra made the comment on the company's Q2 earnings conference call.
09:13 EDTGMOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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08:05 EDTGMGM Financial reports Q2 net income $186M
GM Financial announced net income of $186 million for the quarter ended June 30, 2015, compared to $175 million for the quarter ended June 30, 2014. Earnings for the six months ended June 30, 2015 were $336 million, compared to $320 million for the six months ended June 30, 2014. Consumer loan originations were $4.3 billion for the quarter ended June 30, 2015, compared to $4.1 billion for the quarter ended March 31, 2015, and $3.6 billion for the quarter ended June 30, 2014. Consumer loan originations for the six months ended June 30, 2015 were $8.4 billion, compared to $7.0 billion for the six months ended June 30, 2014. The outstanding balance of consumer finance receivables was $27.3 billion at June 30, 2015. Operating lease originations of General Motors Company vehicles were $5.6 billion for the quarter ended June 30, 2015, compared to $3.0 billion for the quarter ended March 31, 2015, and $1.5 billion for the quarter ended June 30, 2014. Operating lease originations for the six months ended June 30, 2015 were $8.6 billion, compared to $2.3 billion for the six months ended June 30, 2014. Leased vehicles, net was $12.9 billion at June 30, 2015. The outstanding balance of commercial finance receivables was $7.8 billion at June 30, 2015 compared to $7.6 billion at March 31, 2015 and $7.1 billion at June 30, 2014. Consumer finance receivables 31-to-60 days delinquent were 3.6% of the portfolio at June 30, 2015, compared to 3.5% at June 30, 2014. Accounts more than 60 days delinquent were 1.6% of the portfolio at June 30, 2015 and June 30, 2014. Annualized net credit losses were 1.6% of average consumer finance receivables for the quarter ended June 30, 2015 and 1.4% for the quarter ended June 30, 2014. For the six months ended June 30, 2015, annualized consumer net credit losses were 1.7%, compared to 1.6% for the six months ended June 30, 2014. The Company had total available liquidity of $12.9 billion at June 30, 2015, consisting of $2.1 billion of unrestricted cash, $9.2 billion of borrowing capacity on unpledged eligible assets, $0.6 billion of borrowing capacity on unsecured lines of credit and $1.0 billion of borrowing capacity on a Junior Subordinated Revolving Credit Facility from GM.
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