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July 30, 2015
09:36 EDTTSLAActive equity options trading on open
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06:17 EDTF2 Ford F-150s see different crash test results, Detroit News reports
Two Ford F-150 models with different configurations tested differently in safety tests that tested whether aluminum can be a safe material for pickup bodies, the Detroit News reports. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety awarded Ford's 2015 F-150 crew cab its Top Safety Pick, while its sister version, the two-door extended cab, received only a marginal rating in the test, the report says. Reference Link
06:13 EDTGMGeneral Motors workers in South Korea approve wage deal, Reuters reports
GM workers in South Korea have voted to ratify a tentative wage deal under which GM Korea will raise the basic monthly wage by 83,000 won and pay each worker 10.5M won in bonuses and incentives, Reuters reports. Reference Link
July 29, 2015
16:00 EDTTSLAOptions Update; July 29, 2015
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15:27 EDTTSLATesla to offer customer referral program for Model S
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07:16 EDTFFord price target raised to $23 from $19 at UBS
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06:15 EDTGMGM's Chevrolet announces $1B investment in India
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06:14 EDTF, GM, TM, VLKAYGM, Ford sales rise to level of German luxury auto makers, WSJ says
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05:55 EDTGMStocks with implied volatility movement; NCR GM
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July 28, 2015
19:19 EDTFFord stock should keep rising, Barron's says
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16:53 EDTFOn The Fly: Top stock stories for Tuesday
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16:00 EDTFOptions Update; July 28, 2015
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14:41 EDTGMHigh option volume stocks
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13:47 EDTGMGeneral Motors would fit some Buffett 'take-private' criteria, FT says
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13:18 EDTGMChevrolet to invest $5B to strengthen position in growth markets
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13:18 EDTGMGeneral Motors sees doubling investment through 2018 in Brazil, Reuters reports
Jaime Ardila, the head of GM in South America, said at a press conference that the automaker will double its investment in Brazil to $3.8B through 2018, Reuters reports. The carmaker's investment will be aimed at developing new technologies and products, and GM plans to introduce a new family of vehicles into the country, Ardila says. Reference Link
12:31 EDTFOn The Fly: Top stock stories at midday
Stocks on Wall Street began the session in positive territory but turned mixed a short time after the open. The averages gathered themselves again and began an upward drift about an hour into trading, leaving markets near session highs around noon as stocks try to break their string of five consecutive lower closes. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the Case Shiller 20-city home price index rose 1.1% in May to 179.03, missing a forecast for it to rise 1.7% to 180.2. Markit's services PMI for July rose to 55.2, above the expected 55.0 reading. The Richmond Fed factory index rose to 13.0 in July from an upwardly revised 7 in June. Consumer confidence fell to 90.9 in July, down from a revised 99.8 figure for last month and below the expected reading of 100. In China, the Shanghai composite index closed down 1.7%, but only after a volatile session that saw it down as much as 5.1% and up about 1% at different points in the trading day. In Europe, U.K. GDP growth in the second quarter came in at 0.7%, matching the consensus expectation. COMPANY NEWS: Earnings season continued in earnest with UPS (UPS), Ford (F), Pfizer (PFE) and Merck (MRK) each reporting better than expected quarterly profits. UPS, which said its quarterly results gave it confidence in achieving the upper end of its earnings guidance range for the fiscal year, rose more than 5%. Pfizer and Merck each raised their fiscal year earnings guidance ranges, but Pfizer advanced 1.7% following its report while Merck slid nearly 0.5%. Ford, meanwhile, gained 1.8% after backing its fiscal year pre-tax profit view and repeating that it still expects the second half of the year to be stronger than the first half. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Supervalu (SVU), which jumped 19% after the company reported better than expected first quarter results and also announced that it is exploring a separation of its Save-A-Lot business into a stand-alone, publicly traded company. Also higher was GrubHub (GRUB), which gained over 5% after reporting better than expect top and bottom line results in its second quarter and issuing 2015 guidance that analysts at Stifel said "appears conservative." Among the noteworthy losers was Immunomedics (IMMU), which tumbled 34% after the company's partner, UCB, announced that two Phase 3 clinical studies for epratuzumab in Systemic Lupus Erythematosus did not meet their primary clinical efficacy endpoints in either dose in both studies. Also lower following its earnings reports was Baidu (BIDU), which fell 16.5% and was downgraded by at least four research firms. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was up 136.13, or 0.78%, to 17,576.72, the Nasdaq was up 36.37, or 0.72%, to 5,076.14, and the S&P 500 was up 19.42, or 0.94%, to 2,087.06.
11:27 EDTFFord to host sales conference call
Conference call to discuss July sales results will be held on August 3 at 10 am. Webcast Link
09:31 EDTFFord says on track toward profitability in Europe
Says seeing "modest but good growth" in Europe. Says on track toward profitability in Europe. Sees 2H results in Europe worse than 1H. Says "cautiously optimistic" on continued industry growth in Europe in 2H. Sees some "green shoots" in Europe. Sees strong results in Asia Pacific in 2015, sees results exceeding 2014. Says "bullish" on China, but "it's going to go through fluctuations." Says slowing China sales puts pressure on pricing. Says "a little concerned" about South America, Russia, says "watching China closely." Says plans, priorities "unchanged."
09:18 EDTFOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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09:18 EDTFFord says 'no signs of bottom' in South America
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09:17 EDTFFord still sees 2H15 results stronger than 1H
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08:49 EDTGMGeneral Motors outlook positive, says Argus
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07:55 EDTFFord still sees 2015 U.S. industry volume 17M-17.5M vehicles
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07:14 EDTFFord backs FY15 pre-tax profit view of $8.5B-$9.5B
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07:02 EDTFFord reports Q2 EPS 47c, consensus 37c
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06:55 EDTVLKAY, TMVolkswagen passes Toyota as largest auto maker by sales, Reuters says
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06:41 EDTGM, NSANY, HMC, VLKAY, F, TMU.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
19:45 EDTTMScion chief plans to double U.S. sales by 2017, Reuters says
Toyota's Scion brand aims to double its U.S. vehicle sales to more than 100,000 by 2017, reports Reuters, citing statements from Scion chief Doug Murtha. Murtha told reporters that three upcoming Scion vehicle launches will drive the sales boost, adding that he expects 2015 sales to be roughly comparable to 2014 results. Reference Link
16:00 EDTTSLAOptions Update; July 27, 2015
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15:19 EDTFFord technical comments before earnings
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15:06 EDTTSLATesla hits session low, bounces
The stock hit a session low at $250.79 but has since rebounded to $252.96. At that price next resistance is at prior support at $257.92. Support is at the session low and then at $248.30.
15:03 EDTFNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
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12:50 EDTGM, FEarnings 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.
11:52 EDTFFord July weekly volatility increases into Q2 and outlook
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11:52 EDTTSLATesla breaks support, levels to watch
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11:44 EDTFFord to hold a conference call
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July 26, 2015
19:22 EDTVLKAY, DDAIFBaidu CEO 'still interested' in Nokia map unit, Re/code says
In a Re/code interview published Friday afternoon, Baidu (BIDU) CEO Robin Li remarked that the company is "still interested" in Nokia's (NOK) HERE mapping unit. When asked about potential partners, Li commented, "I cannot say too much about it because it’s not a done deal." Note that earlier media reports have suggested Nokia is or was leaning towards selling HERE to a group of German luxury car makers including Daimler (DDAIF), BMW (BAMXY), and Volkswagen's (VLKAY) Audi (AUDVF). Reference Link
19:14 EDTDDAIFDaimler to test self-driving trucks 'within weeks,' Reuters says
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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 EDTF, GMCiti 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.
07:56 EDTGMGeneral Motors CFO says expects second half to be better than first half
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07:48 EDTGMGeneral Motors up 6% to $32.10 after Q2 earnings top expectations
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07:47 EDTGMGeneral Motors reports Q2 worldwide market share of 11.1%
Reports Q2 North America market share of 17.1%, including 17.6% in the U.S. Reports Europe market share of 6.3%. Reports APMEA market share of 9.9%. Reports South America market share of 15%.
07:45 EDTGMGeneral Motors reports Q2 worldwide vehicles sales of 2.46M
General Motors reports Q2 North America vehicle sales of 965,000, including 822,000 in the U.S. Reports Q2 Europe vehicles sales of 319,000. Reports Q2 Asia/Pacific, Middle East and Africa vehicle sales of 1.02M. Reports Q2 South America vehicle sales of 156,000.
07:41 EDTGMGeneral Motors reaffirms 2015 outlook for improved EBIT-adjusted
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07:38 EDTGMGeneral Motors attributes lower Q2 revenue to negative currency impact
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07:36 EDTGMGeneral Motors CEO says first two quarters of year were strong
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07:36 EDTGMGeneral Motors reports Q2 adjusted EPS $1.29, consensus $1.08
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07:19 EDTFFord July weekly volatility elevated into Q2 and outlook
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06:19 EDTF, GMUAW concerned over auto production moving to Mexico, NYT says
The greatest concern for the United Automobile Workers, or UAW, union as it enters discussions on new contracts with Detroit auto makers Fiat Chrysler (FCAU), Ford (F), and General Motors (GM) is losing vehicle production to lower-wage countries such as Mexico, the New York Times reports. Union president Dennis Williams was upset over comments last week that suggested that Ford was considering sending work to Mexico in an effort to cut costs, the report says. "I will save my comments on Ford for when we open up negotiations,” Mr. Williams said. “But it is always concerning to me when any company invests outside the United States.” Reference Link
05:57 EDTDDAIFDaimler AG expects FY15 total unit sales to increase significantly in 2015
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05:55 EDTDDAIFDaimler AG sees group revenue up 'significantly' in FY15
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05:55 EDTDDAIFDaimler AG says current moderate growth rate will hardly change
Expects global GDP to expand this year by only 2.7% for FY15. Demand for cars is likely to rise by 2% according to current estimates. Demand in China should grow significantly and make the biggest contribution to global growth. The U.S. should show solid development, with slight growth to up to 17M units expected in 2015. In Germany and France, growth is likely to be moderate in relation to the comparatively weak prior-year level. The picture for the major emerging markets excluding China remains varied in 2015. A recovery of demand for cars is anticipated in India. In Russia, however, a drastic fall in car sales must be expected due to the country’s severe economic crisis. As demand has continued to weaken also for premium automobiles, a substantial decrease in total sales must be expected also in that segment. In the worldwide market for medium- and heavy-duty trucks, another drop in demand is expected in 2015 following last year’s significant decrease. Market prospects are the most promising in the NAFTA region and Europe. In North America, the main economic indicators suggest that demand for trucks will remain favorable despite a slight cooling off, so the market should expand by between 10 and 15%. In Europe, Daimler meanwhile anticipates market growth of between 10 and 15% also in that region. Market conditions in Brazil are extremely unfavorable, however. The Japanese market for light-, medium- and heavy-duty trucks appears to be relatively robust despite the country’s sluggish economy, so a market volume in 2015 in the magnitude of the previous year is expected. The deep recession in Russia will continue to affect the market, so demand is likely to fall sharply once again. But a significant market recovery is anticipated in India, thanks to the slightly improved economic prospects there. Daimler now assumes that the market for mid-sized and large vans in Europe will grow significantly in 2015, as will the market for small vans. Significant growth is anticipated in the US market for large vans, while in China, demand is expected to be at the level of the previous year in the market addressed there. In Latin America, Daimler expects significant contraction in the market for large vans. Daimler anticipates a market volume for buses in Europe in 2015 that is slightly above the very low level of the previous year. In Brazil, demand for buses is likely to decrease by at least 25% this year.
05:51 EDTDDAIFDaimler AG reports Q2 net profit EUR 2.4B vs. EUR 2.2B last year
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July 22, 2015
18:59 EDTVLKAYVolkswagen in talks to sell stake in LeasePlan, Reuters says
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15:26 EDTGMNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
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15:02 EDTFOptions Update; July 22, 2015
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14:51 EDTDDAIFEarnings Watch: Qualcomm reports after speculations of potential breakup
Qualcomm (QCOM) is expected to report third quarter earnings after the close on July 22, with a conference call scheduled for 4:45 pm ET. Qualcomm is a maker of semiconductors and telecommunications equipment. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of 95c on revenue of $5.85B. EPS consensus ranges 90c-$1.05 on a revenue range of $5.59B-$6.08B, according to First Call. LAST QUARTER: On April 22, Qualcomm reported Q2 EPS of $1.40 against expectations for $1.33, and revenue of $6.89B versus estimates of $6.83B. The company also cut its FY15 EPS guidance to $4.60-$5.00 from $4.85-$5.05 and lowered projected revenue to $25B-$27B from $26.3B-$28B, saying it expects pressure in its semiconductor business due to customer shifts in the premium segment and a decline in Qualcomm's share at an unnamed large customer. NEWS: On May 8, Reuters reported that EU antitrust regulators asked Qualcomm's competitors how the company's licensing and business practices affect them, and on July 16, the European Commission confirmed two formal antitrust investigations of the company. On May 25, Qualcomm and Daimler (DDAIF) announced a strategic collaboration to develop connected car technology. Coming on the heels of Avago's (AVGO) May 28 agreement to acquire Broadcom (BRCM), Bloomberg quoted a source later that day as saying Qualcomm, Intel (INTC), Altera (ALTR), Analog Devices (ADI), Maxim Integrated (MXIM), Texas Instruments (TXN), and Microchip Technology (MCHP) are all considering their own M&A opportunities. Note that on June 1, Intel announced an agreement to acquire Altera. On June 23, Semiconductor Manufacturing International (SMI), Qualcomm, Huawei, and Imec announced the formation of a joint venture to focus on a type of 14 nanometer technology. More recently, the Wall Street Journal reported on July 20 that Qualcomm is "expected" to begin a comprehensive strategic review which may include the possibility of a breakup following pressure from "activist" shareholder Jana Partners, according to sources, adding that the move could be announced concurrent with Wednesday's earnings release. STREET RESEARCH: Following last quarter's earnings report, Exane BNP Paribas downgraded Qualcomm to Neutral from Outperform, while both Canaccord and Brean Capital lowered price targets for the stock after "disappointing" guidance. Meanwhile, Citi said it expects the company's chip business to recover in 2016 despite this "very bad year." On May 28, CLSA said it sees continued pressure on Qualcomm chipsets, potentially spurring the company to consider making an acquisition, and on June 2, Craig-Hallum noted that Skyworks (SWKS) would be a great fit for Qualcomm. On June 24, Summit Research called Applied Micro Circuits (AMCC) an "affordable" target for Qualcomm, with AMD (AMD) and Cavium (CAVM) also looking like potential takeover candidates. On June 29, Drexel Hamilton downgraded Qualcomm to Sell from Hold, citing expected price cuts. Lastly, following media reports on July 20 that Qualcomm could be weighing a breakup, Bernstein said that such a "dis-synergistic" split would likely destroy value rather than create it. PRICE ACTION: Shares of Qualcomm are down more than 1% to $64.37 in afternoon trading ahead of Wednesday's earnings report.
14:50 EDTGMGeneral Motors technical comments ahead of earnings
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13:24 EDTGMEarnings Preview: General Motors down approximately 20% since Q1 report
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11:04 EDTTSLATesla falls as early rally attempt fades, levels to watch
Shares are at $263.44 at time of writing, lower by 1.2% as an early rally attempt falters. An important level to watch is the 50-day moving average which was last at $257.58. That is now the next major downside objective. A break below the 50-day would end the uptrend that began off lows in April of this year. Resistance is at $265.25.
08:54 EDTFFord recalling 8,000 vehicles in North America for issue with parking brake
Ford said it is issuing a safety compliance recall for approximately 8,000 vehicles in North America, including certain 2015-2016 Ford Explorer, and certain 2015 Taurus and Flex, as well as Lincoln MKS and MKT vehicles for an issue with the parking brake. In these vehicles, the parking brake might not engage fully, which is a compliance issue with FMVSS 135 regarding brake systems. Ford is not aware of any accidents or injuries associated with this issue. Affected vehicles include certain 2015-2016 Ford Explorer vehicles built at Chicago Assembly Plant, May 4, 2015 through May 23, 2015; certain 2015 Ford Taurus vehicles built at Chicago Assembly Plant, May 4, 2015 through May 23, 2015; certain 2015 Ford Flex vehicles built at Oakville Assembly Plant, May 4, 2015 through May 23, 2015; certain 2015 Lincoln MKS vehicles built at Chicago Assembly Plant, May 4, 2015 through May 23, 2015; and certain Lincoln MKT vehicles built at Oakville Assembly Plant, May 4, 2015 through May 21, 2015. There are 7,165 vehicles in the United States and federalized territories, 799 in Canada and one in Mexico.
08:20 EDTGMGeneral Motors July weekly volatility elevated into Q2 and outlook
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07:18 EDTGM, HMC, VLKAY, F, TM, NSANYAir bag aging poses threat to millions of U.S. drivers, NBC News reports
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July 21, 2015
18:33 EDTTMToyota to delay building Lexus brand in China, Reuters reports
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16:28 EDTTSLAOn The Fly: Top stock stories for Tuesday
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12:22 EDTTMFormer Toyota exec plans to make supplier more competitive, Bloomberg says
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11:05 EDTF, TMAfter Jeep hacked, analyst predicts cybersecurity boosts for Harman, Delphi
After Jeep hacked, analyst predicts cybersecurity boosts for Harman, Delphi The shares of Harman (HAR) and Delphi Automotive (DLPH) are rising after Wells Fargo predicted that the companies would benefit from the increasing need to protect cars from cybersecurity attacks after Wired reported on hackers discovering methods that can be used to take control of vehicles. BACKGROUND: Two computer hacking researchers showed that they could seize control of a Jeep Cherokee, made by Fiat Chrysler (FCAU), using a technique called a zero-day exploit, Wired reported today. Using the same technique, the hackers can control "any of thousands of vehicles," the website reported. In the past, they have demonstrated how they were able to take control of a Ford (F) Escape and Toyota (TM) Prius, according to Wired. The hackers' technique involves taking control of vehicles' entertainment systems and sending commands to the vehicles' dashboard functions, steering, brakes, and transmission through their those systems, the website stated. ANALYST REACTION: In a note to investors today, Wells Fargo analyst David Lim responded to Wired's article by saying that cybersecurity has become a significant concern for automakers. Automotive technology suppliers such as Harman (HAR) and Delphi (DLPH) should benefit from auto makers' efforts to protect their vehicles from cyberattacks, Kwas believes. He reiterated Outperform ratings on Harman and Delphi. PRICE ACTION: In morning trading, Harman climbed about 2% to $108 and Delphi rose fractionally to $78.15. This version of the story replaces an earlier one to correct the lead analyst to David Lim.
10:23 EDTTSLASell Tesla before results disappoint, analyst recommends
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09:40 EDTF, TM, HMC, VLKAY, GM, NSANYJeep Cherokee can be hacked via entertainment system, Wired reports
Hackers Charlie Miller and Chris Valasek demonstrated to Wired how Jeep Cherokees can be hacked via the vehicle’s entertainment system, giving an attacker wireless control of the automobile and its systems. Miller and Valasek previously demonstrated hacks they were able to perpetrate against Ford (F) Escape and Toyota (TM) Prius vehicles, the report noted. Other publicly traded automakers include General Motors (GM), Honda (HMC), Nissan (NSANY) and Volkswagen (VLKAY). Reference Link
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09:21 EDTTSLAOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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08:07 EDTVLKAYBorgWarner provides R2S turbocharging technology to Volkswagen
BorgWarner (BWA) provides its two-stage, or R2S, turbocharging technology for Volkswagen's (VLKAY) new high-performance diesel engine. Engineered to comply with the Euro 6 emissions standard, the 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine is the most powerful diesel engine in its class.
08:04 EDTDDAIFElectric Drive Transportation Association to hold a conference call
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06:42 EDTDDAIFNokia close to selling HERE to German auto makers, Bloomberg reports
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06:13 EDTFFord to launch luxury pickup truck, Reuters reports
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06:05 EDTTSLAUBS sees Tesla falling short of expectations, downgrades to Sell
UBS analyst Colin Langan downgraded Tesla Motors to Sell from Neutral and cut his price target for shares to $210 from $220. The electric carmarker closed Monday up $7.60 to $282.26. The stock's current valuation implies deliveries of over 1.5M vehicles by 2025 plus full utilization of storage capacity, Langan tells investors this morning in a research note. His analysis indicates that Tesla's current planned 15GWs of storage capacity may be larger than the market in 2020, however. Further, the launch of the lower priced Model X electric car in Q3 "increases production complexity putting delivery targets at risk," Langan writes. He points out the stock has jumped 40% since the anticipation of the storage announcement. The analyst also expects other luxury carmakers to launch competing electric cars. Langan thinks Tesla's storage and auto volume growth will disappoint expectations. The stock is currently down $10 to $272.26 in pre-market trading.
05:55 EDTTSLATesla downgraded to Sell from Neutral at UBS
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July 20, 2015
16:01 EDTTSLAOptions Update; July 20, 2015
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14:33 EDTTMGoPro, Toyota partner to put camera mount in Tacoma, Wired says
GoPro (GPRO) and Toyota (TM) are partnering to place a a GoPro camera mount on the roofline of every new 2016 Toyota Tacoma, a first for a carmaker, says Wired. Toyota will not supply the camera, added Wired. Shares of GoPro are up 6.5% while Toyota is up fractionally. Reference Link
12:16 EDTHMC, F, GM, NSANY, VLKAY, TMHERE offering free HD map data for automated vehicle tests
HERE, a Nokia (NOK) company, announced it is making high-definition mapping data of sections of public roads in four countries available to all automotive companies to support their highly automated vehicle initiatives. HERE is offering HD mapping data of specific stretches of open road in Silicon Valley and Michigan in the United States, as well as in France and Germany, to all carmakers and automotive suppliers for test purposes. HERE plans to offer data for Japan too later this year. HERE is currently working with more than 10 "leading automotive companies" on automated driving projects, the company said. Publicly traded automakers include Fiat Chrysler (FCAU), Ford (F), General Motors (GM), Honda (HMC), Nissan (NSANY), Toyota (TM) and Volkswagen (VLKAY).
12:08 EDTTSLAOn The Fly: Top stock stories at midday
Stocks on Wall Street were slightly higher at midday in the first trading day of a week that will be light on domestic economic data but heavy on earnings reports. Investors will be receiving profit reports from about 25% of the companies on the S&P 500 this week, making this the highest volume earnings week of this season. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., no major data was released. In Europe, Greece reopened its banks three weeks after closing as the country worked out another bailout agreement. The country announced it has started the process of paying off its creditors, including the European Central Bank and the International Monetary Fund, with a bridge loan it just received. COMPANY NEWS: Lockheed Martin (LMT) agreed to buy the Sikorsky Aircraft business from United Technologies (UTX) for $9B, noting the price is "effectively reduced" to $7.1B after taking into account tax benefits resulting from the transaction. Shares of Lockheed, which also reported better than expected second quarter results and increased its fiscal year guidance, gained nearly 2% after the Sikorsky announcement and saying it will conduct a strategic review of its government IT infrastructure services business and technical services business... Shares of Morgan Stanley (MS) shares were little changed near noon after the bank reported earnings and revenue, excluding certain adjustments, that topped analysts' consensus forecasts... SunEdison (SUNE) announced a deal to acquire Vivint Solar (VSLR) for approximately $2.2B, payable in a combination of cash, shares of SunEdison common stock and SunEdison convertible notes. In connection with the proposed acquisition of Vivint Solar, SunEdison has entered into a definitive purchase agreement with a subsidiary of TerraForm Power (TERP) which, concurrently with the completion of SunEdison's acquisition of Vivint, will acquire Vivint Solar's rooftop solar portfolio, consisting of 523 MW expected to be installed by year-end 2015, for $922M in cash. Shares of Vivint rose 44% following the announcement, while SunEdison's stock gained 4% and TerraForm dropped 3%. Fellow residential solar installer SolarCity (SCTY), which is backed by Tesla's (TSLA) Elon Musk, rose 7% following the deal in the space. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Exelixis (EXEL), which rallied 43% after the company reported that a study of cabozantinib in metastatic renal cell carcinoma met its primary endpoint of significant improvement in progression-free survival. The shares were indicated to rise even more in early pre-market trading, but lost some of their gains after Bristol-Myers (BMY) announced that its Opdivo study was stopped early after showing superior overall survival in a Phase 3 study of previously treated patients with advanced or metastatic renal cell carcinoma. Bristol-Myers rose a bit less than 1% to trade near $70 per share after its own announcement. Also higher was PayPal (PYPL), which gained more than 5.5% in its first day of trading after being spun out of eBay (EBAY). Meanwhile, eBay shares rose over 2%. Cal-Maine Foods (CALM) dropped 8% after posting lower than expected sales and profits in its fourth quarter and warning that while it should have an adequate supply of its primary feed ingredients, the company expects that prices will be "volatile" in the year ahead. Also lower were shares of several gold miners, including Barrick Gold (ABX) and Newmont Mining (NEM), which each fell about 11%, as gold prices declined about 2% near midday. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was up 31.66, or 0.18%, to 18,118.11, the Nasdaq was up 9.81, or 0.19%, to 5,219.96, and the S&P 500 was up 2.82, or 0.13%, to 2,129.46.
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09:07 EDTHMCHonda Aircraft expands HondaJet sales to South America
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06:43 EDTGMGM's Opel to cut production at two German factories, Reuters reports
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July 19, 2015
12:50 EDTTMJapanese blue chips could see gains of 30% or more, Barron's says
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July 17, 2015
14:21 EDTTSLATesla's Elon Musk says 'no idea' about sales, 'just trying to make awesome cars'
Tesla CEO Elon Musk said at the Tesla Model S event, "On sales, I have no idea. We're just trying to make awesome cars."
14:17 EDTTSLATesla trades lower, levels to watch
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14:16 EDTTSLATesla says 70kwh rear wheel drive Model S to sell for $70K
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14:15 EDTTSLATesla retraces, levels to watch
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14:11 EDTTSLATesla says offering high performance Model S upgrade, goes 0-60 in 2.8 seconds
14:11 EDTTSLATesla says offering upgraded battery pack for Model S for $3,000
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12:41 EDTTSLATesla July 272.5 straddle priced for 1.7% movement into press conference
11:38 EDTTSLATesla CEO says call today to be about Model S
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07:42 EDTTSLAJefferies reiterates Buy rating, $360 target on Tesla
After spending two days with Tesla VP of Global Investor Relations Jeff Evanson, Jefferies analyst Dan Dolev reiterates a Buy rating on the stock with a $360 price target. China is showing signs of improvement following a new strategy, and success in Germany shows Tesla could perform well even without subsidies, Dolev tells investors in a research note. He continues to believe concerns over the electric car maker's cash flow are overblown. Shares of Tesla closed yesterday up $3.54 to $266.68.
06:56 EDTTSLATesla volatility low press conference
Tesla July call option implied volatility is at 27, July weekly is at 28, August is at 38, September is at 35; compared to its 52-week range of 29 to 62, suggesting decreasing price movement into a press conference at 2:00 p.m. ET today.
06:32 EDTTMProbe shows leaky seals cause Takata air bag explosions, WSJ reports
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06:22 EDTTSLA, NSANYGhosn: Nissan considering using LG Chem batteries for EV, WSJ reports
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July 16, 2015
18:18 EDTTSLATesla up almost 1% after report Elon Musk to hold press conference July 17
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16:00 EDTFOptions Update; July 16, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 1.17 to 16.52 Option volume leaders: NFLX AAPL BAC FB F INTC C EBAY AMZN GM JPM MU PFE BABA JD X
14:36 EDTTMToyota upgraded to Buy from Hold at Jefferies (pre-open)
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14:25 EDTTSLATesla will sell Model X SUVs in China in 1H16, Bloomberg says
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13:52 EDTGM, HMC, VLKAY, NSANY, TM, FGM slips after Barclays downgrades auto sector on China downturnbw
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12:38 EDTDDAIFCon-way Freight upgrades fleet with 875 new tractors
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10:00 EDTGMOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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07:34 EDTF, VLKAYEuropean June car sales grow on expanded economy, Bloomberg says
European car sales growth accelerated to its fastest pace in five and a half years in June as Volkswagen (VLKAY), PSA Peugeot Citroen (PUGOY), and Ford (F) brought in new customers with newer models and an expanding economy, Bloomberg reports. Registrations rose 15% to 1.41M vehicles from 1.23M last year, the report says, citing data from the European Automobile Manufacturers' Association, or ACEA. Reference Link
07:30 EDTGMGeneral Motors downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Barclays
Barclays downgraded the U.S. Autos and Auto Parts sector to Negative from Neutral and cut its rating on General Motors (GM) to Equal Weight from Overweight. The firm sees further sector underperformance as China car sales continue to disappoint and Chinese production goes negative against a peak in the U.S. auto industry and a slow recovery in Europe. The firm sees few near-term catalysts for General Motors given is larger exposure to China and little that will change its perception by investors as a "value trap." Barclays lowered General Motors' price target to $36 from $44.
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