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September 19, 2014
16:00 EDTTSLAOptions Update; September 19, 2014
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14:50 EDTGMJudge orders General Motors must hand over defect files, WSJ reports
A U.S. Judge has ordered General Motors to turn over internal files and documents regarding its ignition-switch flaw and how it handled the defect to plaintiff attorneys, The Wall Street Journal says. The attorneys are representing plaintiffs who have sued the auto manufacturer alleging economic loss, personal injury, and deaths related to the company's recall of older cars with the ignition-switch defect. While General Motors is protected from liabilities that occurred before its bankruptcy in 2009, the recent ruling paves the way for plaintiff attorneys to obtain records they could use in cases before and after General Motor's bankruptcy petition, The Wall Street Journal added. Reference Link
12:42 EDTFFord recalls 2015 Lincoln MKCs due to windshield glass defect
Ford is recalling certain model year 2015 Lincoln MKC vehicles manufactured August 20, 2013, to June 6. The affected vehicles may have visible air bubbles in the windshield glass. As such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard No. 205, "Glazing Materials." Air bubbles in the windshield could impact the driver's visibility, increasing the risk of a crash. Ford will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the windshields for air bubbles, replacing them as necessary, free of charge. The recall began in August. Reference Link
12:13 EDTFIATYUnion says Fiat to temporarily halt production at Italy facility, Reuters says
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11:26 EDTTSLAStocks with call strike movement; TSLA GILD
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09:15 EDTTSLATesla's gigafactory and potential capital needs are key questions, says Goldman
Goldman said it remains cautious on Tesla due to the gigafactory's aggressive timetable and potentially increasing capital needs due to the planned production ramp, model and derivative expansion, service growth, and other projects yet disclosed. Tesla has said it could self-fund capex but is keeping its options open depending on new products and the pace of growth. Goldman remains on the sidelines with a Neutral rating and $210 price target given the likely noisy Q3 and valuation that reflects flawless execution.
08:18 EDTFFord upcoming analyst day first in three years, says UBS
UBS previewed Ford ahead of its first analyst meeting in three years. The firm said they expect the company to give end of decade guidance, to update on global markets, to raise its global margins target, and to reiterate its capital deployment strategy. UBS has a Buy rating and $22 price target on Ford.
07:09 EDTGMGeneral Motors to launch new Cadillac sedan next year, AP reports
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06:31 EDTFFord reduces Cologne manufacturing as EU demand calms, Reuters says
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September 18, 2014
16:00 EDTTSLAOptions Update; September 18, 2014
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15:07 EDTTM, HMCHonda to price upcoming fuel cell vehicle similar to Toyota, Nikkei reports
Honda's (HMC) upcoming fuel cell vehicle will be priced similar to Toyota's (TM), with a range of approximately $63,000-$73,000, Nikkei says. Both companies will be relying on government subsidies to give consumers an incentive to purchase the new vehicles. Reference Link
14:00 EDTDDAIFMercedes-Benz receives autonomous vehicle license from California
On 16 September 2014 the US federal state of California introduced a legal requirement for an official license for testing vehicles in autonomous driving mode on public roads. On "Senate Bill No. 1298" taking effect, Daimler's Mercedes-Benz received a corresponding license permitting it to test vehicles in autonomous driving mode in daily traffic on California's roads. Reference Link
13:37 EDTDDAIFDaimler anticipates sales to exceed 2.4M cars this year, WSJ says
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13:05 EDTTMToyota announces recall of 20K vehicles, model years 2014, 2015
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10:02 EDTGMGeneral Motors to recall 3,200 natural gas-fueled vans, WSJ reports
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08:58 EDTFIATYChrysler's Ram on track for more market share increases, NY Times says
The Ram truck unit of Fiat's (FIATY) Chrysler has seen its share of the full-size pickup market rise in the last five years, and its market share is on track to increase further, according to The New York Times. Reference Link
08:30 EDTTSLATesla won't be hurt by electric vehicle space struggles, says Pacific Crest
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06:35 EDTVLKAYUAW plans to again negotiate for Volkswagen plant workers in Tennessee, WSJ says
The United Auto Workers union plays to again negotiate for some manufacturing workers at Volkswagen's (VLKAY) Tennessee auto assembly although it was rejected in a February organizing vote, reports the Wall Street Journal. The labor union said roughly 750 workers have joined the recently formed union local in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Reference Link
September 17, 2014
18:05 EDTTSLATesla CEO sees self-driving car technology ready in five or six years, WSJ says
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16:00 EDTTSLAOptions Update; September 17, 2014
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 24c to 27.63. Option volume leaders: AAPL TSLA BAC TWTR AMZN X WLT KO PBR according to Track Data.
11:59 EDTFIATYFiat Chrysler recalls 2014-2015 Fiat 500Ls due to knee airbag defect
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08:42 EDTTSLASkeptic sees Tesla Model 3 priced well above target, Green Car Reports says
A new report written by noted battery skeptic Menahem Anderman, who organizes the Advanced Automotive Batteries Conference, suggests Tesla Motors' pace of battery cost reduction won't be as fast as predicted by CEO Elon Musk and that the price of the 2017 Model 3 will likely be "in the range of $50-80K,” which is well above the company's $35K stated goal, reported Green Car Reports. Reference Link
07:37 EDTFIATY, NSANY, HMC, GM, TM, VLKAY, FEU car registrations up 2.1% in August, up 5.6% in July
The European Automobile Manufacturers Association reported new passenger car registrations were up by 5.6% in July and by 2.1% in August. Eight months into the year, demand for new cars amounted to 8,336,159 units, or 6.0% more than in the same period last year, the group noted. Publicly traded automakers include Fiat (FIATY), Ford (F), General Motors (GM), Honda (HMC), Nissan (NSANY), Toyota (TM) and Volkswagen (VLKAY).
07:26 EDTGM, NSANYGM to cut supply, but not prices, as it seeks to revive Cadillac, WSJ says
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September 16, 2014
16:00 EDTTSLAOptions Update; September 16, 2014
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15:43 EDTTM, F, HMC, NSANYCFPB to propose auto-lending supervision, WSJ says
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau plans to propose supervising the largest nonbank auto lenders in a step that may impact the auto finance units of Toyota (TM), Ford (F), Honda (HMC) and Nissan (NSANY), says the Wall Street Journal, citing people familiar with the matter. Reference Link
14:15 EDTHMCHonda considers new assembly plant in India, Nikkei reports
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13:09 EDTGMGeneral Motors to add third shift, 750 jobs at Wentzville Assembly plant
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12:19 EDTGMGM ups U.S. mid-sized pickup production, Reuters says
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12:07 EDTTSLATesla rebounds after analyst starts coverage with Buy rating
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11:57 EDTTSLAPentagon to most likely approve Musk's Falcon rockets, WSJ says
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11:36 EDTFIATYFiat CEO aims to skip road show, Bloomberg says
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10:54 EDTFFord, Automatic Labs working together on connected-car solutions
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09:59 EDTTSLAOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
Today's noteworthy initiations include: ACI Worldwide (ACIW) initiated with a Neutral at Sterne Agee... ADP (ADP) initiated with a Market Perform at Bernstein... ANSYS (ANSS) initiated with a Sector Perform at RBC Capital... Accenture (ACN) initiated with a Market Perform at Bernstein... Blackhawk (HAWK) initiated with a Neutral at Sterne Agee... Coca-Cola (KO) initiated with a Market Perform at Cowen... Cognizant (CTSH) initiated with an Outperform at Bernstein... Constellation Brands (STZ) initiated with a Market Perform at Cowen... Dr Pepper Snapple (DPS) initiated with a Market Perform at Cowen... GenCorp (GY) initiated with a Hold at KeyBanc... Global Payments (GPN) initiated with a Neutral at Piper Jaffray... GoPro (GPRO) initiated with a Buy at Cleveland Research... Green Dot (GDOT) initiated with a Neutral at Sterne Agee... Lionsgate (LGF) initiated with a Buy at ISI Group... MEDNAX (MD) initiated with a Neutral at SunTrust... MasterCard (MA) initiated with a Buy at Sterne Agee... Molson Coors (TAP) initiated with an Outperform at Cowen... Monster Beverage (MNST) initiated with a Market Perform at Cowen... NetSuite (N) initiated with an Outperform at RBC Capital... Oracle (ORCL) assumed with a Sector Perform at RBC Capital... PepsiCo (PEP) initiated with an Outperform at Cowen... SAP (SAP) initiated with a Sector Perform at RBC Capital... Teekay (TK) initiated with a Hold at Deutsche Bank... Tesla (TSLA) initiated with a Buy at ISI Group... Visa (V) initiated with a Buy at Sterne Agee... Western Union (WU) initiated with a Neutral at Sterne Agee... Workday (WDAY) initiated with an Outperform at RBC Capital... Yelp (YELP) initiated with a Neutral at RW Baird... Zillow (Z) initiated with an Overweight at Stephens... zulily (ZU) initiated with an Outperform at RW Baird.
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08:46 EDTGM, FGeneral Motors concerns about Ford's new F-Series are overdone, says Goldman
Goldman believes concerns about Ford's new F-Series impact on General Motors is overdone. The analyst said investors are underestimating F-150 capacity constraints if the launch is successful, which will limit General Motors share loss.
08:16 EDTFStrike at Lear plant that supplies Ford seats ends after one day, AP reports
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07:26 EDTGM, F, NSANY, HMC, TMUltima Media to hold a conference
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07:08 EDTVLKAY, TM, FIATYToyota Lexus unit questioned regarding parts pricing, Reuters says
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06:54 EDTGMGM's Opel realigns Russian operations
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06:43 EDTGMNHTSA exec knocks GM for distorted recall protocol, Reuters says
The acting administrator of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration David Friedman said that GM placed its own reputation before customer safety when it did not quickly report and recall vehicles that are now connected to at least 19 deaths, according to Reuters, citing comments from Friedman. Friedman said that he has been meeting with top worldwide car manufactures to develop a "new normal" for safety recall protocol. Reference Link
06:38 EDTGMGM Opel unit to reduce production in Russia, Reuters says
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06:30 EDTVLKAY, GM, HMC, TM, NSANY, F, FIATYNHTSA chief calls for 'new normal' for recalls, Detroit News reports
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September 15, 2014
19:15 EDTTMToyota reconsiders expansion in Mexico to review growth strategy, Reuters says
Toyota is reconsidering plans to open a new assembly plant in Mexico after company president Akio Toyoda told planners looking for a site to stop and review its rationale, Reuters reports, citing executives familiar with the matter. A final decision on the expansion into Mexico is unlikely before the start of 2015, and Toyota will probably go ahead with the plant on a smaller scale than originally planned or construction may be delayed, executives added. Reference Link
18:34 EDTTSLAOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
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17:09 EDTTSLAOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were mixed to begin the week, as the Dow managed to register mild gains but the Nasdaq was weighed down by slides in a number of so-called "momentum stocks" like Tesla (TSLA). Investors may remain cautious in the next two sessions ahead of the Fed's much anticipated rate decision and accompanying statement, which is due Wednesday. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., New York Fed's Empire state survey for September rose to a five-year high of 27.54. Industrial production unexpectedly dipped 0.1% in August from a downwardly revised 0.2% July gain, missing the forecast for a rise of 0.3%. Capacity utilization dropped to 78.8% last month from 79.1% previously. In China, industrial output increased 6.9% in August versus the same period a year earlier, which was its weakest advance, excluding months that fell during New Year holidays, since December 2008. Chinese retail sales growth for August came in at 11.9%, missing the consensus estimate. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Apple (AAPL) edged down 3c, or 0.03%, to $101.63 despite the company's announcement that a record 4M iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus pre-orders were placed in the first 24 hours that ordering was available. Demand for the new phones exceeds the initial pre-order supply, the company added, stating that delivery of "many" iPhone pre-orders have been pushed out to October... Microsoft (MSFT) slid 45c, or 0.97%, to $46.24 after the company confirmed an agreement to acquire Mojang, the developer for the "Minecraft" video game franchise, for $2.5B... MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Avanir Pharmaceuticals (AVNR), which surged $5.75, or 85.31%, to $12.49 and was upgraded to Buy from Hold at Jefferies after the company announced results from its phase II clinical trial evaluating the safety and efficacy of its treatment of agitation in patients with Alzheimer's disease. Also higher was SABMiller (SBMRY), which jumped $4.72, or 8.5%, to $60.26 after the Wall Street Journal said that ABInBev (BUD) was looking to obtain financing for an acquisition of the U.K.-based brewer and Heineken (HEINY) confirmed that it rebuffed SABMiller's approach regarding a potential transaction. The news of potential consolidation in the space also drove other beer makers highers, with Molson Coors (TAP) rising $4.20, or 5.85%, to $76.00 and Boston Beer (SAM) gaining 71c, or 0.33%, to $218.47. Among the noteworthy losers was Tesla (TSLA), which dropped $25.34, or 9.08%, to $253.86 after Morgan Stanley analyst Adam Jones wrote that he agrees with the assertion of Tesla's CEO Elon Musk that the company's stock may have gotten ahead of itself. Also lower were shares of NPS Pharmaceuticals (NPSP), which fell $5.42, or 16.56%, to $27.28 after Oppennheimer and Jefferies stated that approval of its Natpara drug for hypoparathyroidism could be delayed after concerns were raised during an FDA panel meeting, even though the advisors were in favor of approving the drug. INDEXES: The Dow rose 43.63, or 0.26%, to 17,031.14, the Nasdaq dropped 48.70, or 1.07%, to 4,518.90, and the S&P 500 declined 1.41, or 0.07%, to 1,984.13.
16:31 EDTTSLATesla initiated with a Buy at ISI Group
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16:00 EDTTSLAOptions Update; September 15, 2014
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures up 73c to 29.34 Option volume leaders: AAPL TSLA NFLX BAC TWTR AMZN BP NFLX YHOO FB VLO according to Track Data.
15:45 EDTTSLATesla falls through support, levels to watch
The shares have broken support several times during the course of today's session and are continuing down into the close. At the current price of $254.18 initial support is at the low of the day at $249.13. The more serious test of support would come at the 50-day moving average at $246.79. A bounce off the 50-day would be bullish, while a breakdown below would suggest a trend reversal to bearish. Resistance is at $256.76.
15:00 EDTTSLAMassachusetts court throws out suit against Tesla direct sales, AP reports
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13:37 EDTTSLATesla volatility increases as shares pullback
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13:03 EDTFFord reports August European sales up 14%
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12:31 EDTTSLAOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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12:18 EDTTSLATesla sinks after analyst backs CEO caution on share price
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11:21 EDTTMToyota recalls 2008-2014 FJ Cruisers, Tacomas due to incorrect tire placard
Toyota is recalling certain model year 2008-2014 FJ Cruiser and Tacoma vehicles equipped with accessory wheels and tires installed by Toyota or dealers prior to the vehicle's first sale. The affected vehicles may list incorrect spare tire size and/or cold tire inflation information on the tire placard. As such, these vehicles fail to comply with Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard No. 110, "Tire Selection and Rims for Passenger Cars." If the spare tire is inflated to the incorrect pressure provided on the placard, tire failure may occur while it is being driven on, increasing the risk of a crash. For the involved vehicles, overlay stickers to correct the tire placard will either be mailed to owners or provided to dealers for placement over the incorrect information on the placard. The recall is expected to begin in September. Reference Link
11:18 EDTFIATYChrysler recalls 2015 Chrysler 200s due to door wiring defect
Chrysler is recalling certain model year 2015 Chrysler 200 vehicles manufactured May 19 to June 21. The affected vehicles may have been built with a driver side door wiring harness of an insufficient wire gauge, resulting in excessive heat which may melt the wiring insulation. Excessive heat and melting wiring insulation may result in an electrical short, increasing the risk of a fire. Chrysler will notify owners, and dealers will replace the door wiring harness, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in September. Chrysler is owned by Fiat. Reference Link
11:14 EDTGMGM faulty switch connected to 19 confirmed deaths, WSJ says
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10:23 EDTTSLATesla falls, levels to watch
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10:04 EDTTMMobileye ongoing work with Toyota has not changed, says Morgan Stanley
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09:22 EDTTSLATesla not likely to appreciate so consistenly, says Morgan Stanley
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07:42 EDTFMorgan Stanley to hold a conference
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06:38 EDTNSANYNissan up against battery facility reductions, Reuters says
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06:17 EDTTMMobileye estimates not impacted by Toshiba story, says Deutsche Bank
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September 13, 2014
17:19 EDTFLear strike in Indiana may impact Ford plant in Chicago, WSJ says
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September 12, 2014
16:20 EDTTMOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
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16:00 EDTTSLAOptions Update; September 12, 2014
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14:16 EDTTMToyota news doesn't affect Mobileye near-term growth potential, says Wells Fargo
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14:01 EDTTMMobileye sinks after report says Toyota likely to use competitor
Shares of Mobileye (MBLY) are falling after the Nikkei newspaper reported today that Toshiba (TOSBF) is going to make many system chips for automatic driver-assist systems, or ADAS. Toyota (TM) will likely incorporate the chips into vehicles it will release in fiscal year 2015, the newspaper added. Mobileye designs software and chips for camera-based advanced ADAS. WHAT'S NEW: Toshiba plans to begin mass producing the ADAS chips - which will analyze images to help cars respond correctly to traffic lights and avoid dangers on the road - in 2015, Nikkei reported. The chips will be placed in safety systems by another company, Denso, before they are shipped to Toyota, Nikkei noted. WHAT'S NOTABLE: On September 9, Citigroup raised its price target on Mobileye to $62 from $48, as the firm was more confident about the company's chances of landing Toyota as a client after attending the first day of the ITS World Congress. Although Toyota is one of the few large auto makers not utilizing Mobileye's technology, the Japanese giant does recognize Mobileye's distinct technological advantages and expects to obtain ADAS components from more suppliers over the medium term, according to the firm, which kept a Buy rating on Mobileye. However, Deutsche Bank expressed some caution on the stock earlier this week when it downgraded the shares on valuation concerns. But the firm said that it continued to be upbeat about the company's long-term prospects. PRICE ACTION: In mid-afternoon trading, Mobileye slumped $2, or 4%, to $52. The shares debuted on August 12 at about $32.
13:11 EDTTMToshiba to supply chips for Toyota driver-assistance systems, Nikkei says
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11:52 EDTTSLANevada Governor signs $1.3B tax incentive package for Tesla, Reuters reports
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11:50 EDTVLKAYPorsche SE takes 10% stake in INRIX for $55M
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10:30 EDTFFord recalls Escapes, Focus Sts due to engine wiring defect
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09:41 EDTFFord recalls 74,000 hybrids to fix stalling problem, AP reports
Ford is recalling 74,000 older-model gas-electric hybrid SUVs in the U.S. and Canada to fix a staling problem that causes electronics to overheat, reports the Associated Press. The recall covers Ford Escapes from 2005 through 2008 and Mercury Mariners from 2006-2008. Reference Link
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06:34 EDTFIATYFiat head stays with FY14 outlook, Reuters says
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06:22 EDTGMGeneral Motors issues 'stop delivery' order for new Corvettes, WSJ reports
A "stop delivery" order on 2015 Chevrolet Corvettes has been ordered by General Motors, the Wall Street Journal reports. According to a spokesman, the automaker wants to fix two potential problems -- a parking brake issue and an air bag problem -- with the car before they leave the Bowling Green, KY plant or dealer lots. Reference Link
September 11, 2014
16:00 EDTTSLAOptions Update; September 11, 2014
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15:41 EDTTSLATesla September volatility low as shares trade near record high
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15:14 EDTTSLA, TMToyota says no new or pending projects with Tesla, WSJ reports
After a question about Tesla Motors' (TSLA) soon-to-end deal to supply batteries and drive systems to Toyota (TM) for an electric RAV4 was posed to Tesla CEO Musk, the executive said earlier this week that his company may reach a new partnership with the Japanese company in the next two or three years, but Toyota’s chief U.S. spokeswoman has now told The Wall Street Journal that its RAV4 EV project with Tesla has been "mutually beneficial" but that the companies "currently have no new, or pending projects under discussion.” Reference Link
13:35 EDTFFord's Lincoln to launch Navigator marketing push, Automotive News says
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13:30 EDTTMToyota to recall 130,000 Tundra pickups due to air bag problem
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07:05 EDTFIATYFiat head says not looking to include Ferrari in group, Reuters says
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06:54 EDTFIATYJeep head says firm poised to sell 1M cars in FY14, Reuters says
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06:51 EDTGMGM to reveal 40 new vehicles in India, other countries, Reuters says
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06:31 EDTVLKAY, FIATYVolkswagen JV, Chrysler unit fined in China for price-fixing, WSJ reports
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06:04 EDTGMGeneral Motors to roll out OnStar in Europe, Re/code reports
General Motors (GM) is planning to roll out its OnStar service beyond the U.S. and Canada to parts of Europe, Re/code reports. The service is powered by AT&T (T). Reference Link
September 10, 2014
16:00 EDTTSLAOptions Update; September 10, 2014
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15:27 EDTTMToyota searching for Mexico assembly plant site, Bloomberg reports
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14:58 EDTFIATYFiat's CEO to become Ferrari chairman
The CEO of Fiat (FIATY), will become the new chairman of Ferrari, replacing Luca Cordero di Montezemolo who is resigning as of October 13, Fiat announced earlier today.
13:26 EDTTSLATesla gigafactory payroll seen at $370M by 2018, MarketWatch reports
Tesla's gigafactory is estimated to create 6,500 direct jobs, 16,200 indirect jobs, and as much as $370M a year in payroll by 2018, MarketWatch reports, citing a study commissioned by the Nevada governor's office. Reference Link
12:27 EDTDDAIFDaimler aiming for $3.9B German facility overhaul, WSJ says
Daimler is aiming to invest over $3.9B in its vehicle facilities in Germany this year and reorganize its world-wide manufacturing networks to reduce expenses and improve on fast-paced growth management, according to The Wall Street Journal, citing comments from Mercedes-Benz's production chief Markus Schafer. Reference Link
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09:17 EDTVLKAY, F, TM, NSANY, FIATY, HMC, GMChina mulls easing car dealer restrictions, Bloomberg says
China's Ministry of Commerce is considering whether to ease rules on car dealers and allow them to sell vehicles from multiple brands in the same store, according to Bloomberg, citing people familiar with the matter. Note that both Bitauto (BITA) and Autohome (ATHM), which operate automobile buyer focused websites in China, were down significantly during yesterday's trading, though it is unclear if the reported new regulations play a role in their share weakness. Publicly traded carmakers include Fiat (FIATY), Ford (F), General Motors (GM), Honda (HMC), Nissan (NSANY), Toyota (TM) and Volkswagen (VLKAY). Reference Link
08:02 EDTGMGM calls Canadian dealer 'ambush' allegations overblown, Globe & Mail reports
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06:32 EDTDDAIFDaimler reveals new Mercedes AMG GT to rival Porsche, Reuters says
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06:29 EDTNSANYNissan names BMW's Kruger as head of Infiniti
Roland Krüger, most recently a senior vice president at BMW Group in charge of the German sales region and with an accomplished track record in the premium automotive business, will be appointed president of Infiniti and a senior vice president of the Nissan Motor Co., Ltd., the parent company of the premium brand. Kruger will be based at the company's Hong Kong headquarters and will report to Carlos Ghosn, President and CEO of Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.
06:28 EDTFIATYFiat says Ferrari Chairman Luca di Montezemolo resigns
Luca Cordero di Montezemolo is to quit as chairman of Ferrari after 23 years at the company. di Montezemolo says "Ferrari will have an important role to play within the FCA Group in the upcoming flotation on Wall Street. This will open up a new and different phase which I feel should be spearheaded by the CEO of the Group." Thefly notes that Fiat CEO Sergio Marchionne recently said Ferrari's current performance in Formula 1 is "unacceptable."
06:06 EDTHMCHonda shows off self-driving car prototype, AP reports
Honda has introduced a self-driving car prototype, an Acura RLX sedan, at the Intelligent Transport Systems World Congress, the Associated Press reports. Honda says the hands-free technology could begin appearing on Honda cars in 2020. Reference Link
September 9, 2014
16:00 EDTTSLAiPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures up 74c to 28.25
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10:57 EDTTM, GM, TSLAMobileye climbs after analyst says GM, Tesla using technology
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09:28 EDTTMMobileye price target raised to $62 from $48 at Citigroup
Citigroup raised its price target for Mobileye (MBLY) shares to $62 saying it left day one of the ITS World Congress feeling better about its thesis regarding the company landing Toyota (TM) as a client. Citi says Toyota is one of few remaining large OEMs that has yet to enter production with Mobileye. It believes Toyota recognizes Mobileye’s distinct technological advantages and expects to source more ADAS suppliers over the medium-term. William Blair this morning said it believes Tesla (TSLA) and GM (GM) are using Mobileye for their automated highway driving assist technology while Morgan Stanley upped its price target for shares to $65. The stock is trading up 6% to $56.23 in pre-market trading.
09:16 EDTGM, TSLAMobileye technology being used by GM, Tesla, says William Blair
William Blair believes both General Motors (GM) and Tesla (TSLA) are using Mobileye (MBLY) technology for their announced self-driving capabilities. The firm notes that over the past two days, GM and Tesla noted their intentions of offering vehicles with autonomous driving capability in the next 24-36 months. William Blair says the recent announcements confirm its bullish outlook on Mobileye's market opportunity. The firm has an Outperform rating on the stock. Shares of Mobileye are rallying 5%, or $2.61, to $55.62 in pre-market trading. Morgan Stanley also upped its price target this morning on the name to $65 from $46.
07:17 EDTFThe Wireless Association to hold a conference
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06:54 EDTDDAIFChamber of Commerce says China antitrust efforts may be illegal, NY Times says
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06:52 EDTGMGM JV in China recalls over 38K Cadillac sedans, Reuters says
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06:09 EDTGM, FIATY, F, HMC, TMVerizon CEO sees self-driving cars 3-5 years away, Detroit News reports
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06:06 EDTHMCHonda recalls motorcycles due to rear break defect
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06:06 EDTFIATYChrysler slashes price of Dodge Viper by $15,000, Detroit News reports
Chrysler has cut the price of its Dodge Viper by $15,000, the Detroit News reports. The slow-selling sports car now costs $84,995, priced comparably to the first-generation Viper. Reference Link
September 8, 2014
17:47 EDTFFord downgrade a buying opportunity, Barron's says
Ford's downgrade at Morgan Stanley is a buying opportunity and investors should buy the dip, Barron's argues in its 'Barron's Take' column. Reference Link
16:00 EDTTSLAOptions Update; September 8, 2014
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13:26 EDTF, GM, TSLAFord falls after two notch downgrade at Morgan Stanley
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13:11 EDTTSLATesla CEO sees partially self-driving cars within 3 years, Nikkei reports
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13:04 EDTHMC, VLKAY, FIATY, F, GM, TM, NSANYAugust vehicle sales drop in Russia, WSJ says
The Association of European Businesses said that the sales of new vehicles in August throughout Russia have dropped at the quickest rate so far in 2014, according to The Wall Street Journal, citing a statement from chairman of the AEB Automobile Manufacturers Committee Joerg Schreiber. Industry officials are anticipating sales in the country for 2014 to decrease another 20% after a 5% decline last year. Publicly traded companies in the automobile industry include Fiat (FIATY), Ford (F), General Motors (GM), Honda (HMC), Nissan (NSANY), Toyota (TM) and Volkswagen (VLKAY). Reference Link
10:06 EDTTSLAOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
Today's noteworthy initiations include: AIG (AIG) initiated with a Buy at Citigroup... Agilent (A) initiated with an Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley... Altisource Residential (RESI) initiated with a Neutral at JPMorgan... AngloGold (AU) initiated with an Overweight at JPMorgan... Arista Networks (ANET) initiated with an Outperform at FBN Securities... C1 Financial (BNK) initiated with a Buy at Wunderlich... Cherokee (CHKE) initiated with a Buy at Roth Capital... ContraFect (CFRXU) initiated with a Buy at Maxim... DRDGOLD (DRD) initiated with an Underweight at JPMorgan... Enable Midstream (ENBL) initiated with an Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley... Enservco (ENSV) initiated with an Outperform at Northland... GoPro (GPRO) initiated with an Outperform at FBN Securities... Gold Fields (GFI) initiated with an Overweight at JPMorgan... Gulfport Energy (GPOR) initiated with an Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley... Harmony Gold (HMY) initiated with a Neutral at JPMorgan... Illumina (ILMN) initiated with an Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley... LINN Energy (LINE) reinstated with an Outperform at Credit Suisse... LinnCo (LNCO) reinstated with an Outperform at Credit Suisse... Randgold (GOLD) initiated with a Neutral at JPMorgan... Rentrak (RENT) initiated with a Buy at Needham... Rice Energy (RICE) initiated with an Accumulate at KLR Group... SanDisk (SNDK) initiated with an Outperform at FBN Securities... Seadrill (SDRL) initiated with a Sell at Canaccord... Tesla (TSLA) initiated with an Outperform at FBN Securities... Thermo Fisher (TMO) initiated with an Overweight at Morgan Stanley... Waters (WAT) initiated with an Underweight at Morgan Stanley... Whiting Petroleum (WLL) initiated with an Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley.
10:06 EDTFOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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09:40 EDTTSLAActive equity options trading on open
Active equity options trading on open according to Track Data: AAPL TWTR TSLA YHOO BAC FB MSFT NFLX GILD MCD
09:12 EDTFOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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08:10 EDTDDAIFDaimler AG, Haldex set up partnership for ModulT disc brake
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08:08 EDTTSLATesla initiated with an Outperform at FBN Securities
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07:59 EDTF, TSLA, GMMorgan Stanley downgrades Auto sector to Cautious, downgrades Ford
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07:34 EDTHMC, TM, DDAIFU.S. claims China breaks commitments amid Qualcomm, Microsoft probes, WSJ says
As Microsoft (MSFT) and Qualcomm (QCOM) are being investigated for potential monopolistic activity by Chinese regulators and lawmakers there recently alleged price manipulation by foreign automakers including Toyota (TM), Honda (HMC) and Daimler (DDAIF), the U.S. Chamber of Commerce alleged that China's use of its antimonopoly law has been subjective and its implementation skewed to favor China's local companies, reported The Wall Street Journal. Reference Link
07:14 EDTGMGM board slow to react on safety, NY Times says
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06:51 EDTTSLA, TMTesla head says 'not surprised' if Toyota deal happens, Reuters says
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06:29 EDTFFord downgraded to Underweight from Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley
Morgan Stanley downgraded Ford two notches to Underweight from Overweight and lowered its price target to $16 from $17. The firm recommends reducing positions due to competitive pressures, cycle maturity, high expectations, and execution risk to the new truck changeover.
06:14 EDTDDAIFDaimler boosting production in Alabama by 60,000, Detroit News reports
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06:01 EDTHMCHonda recalling 126,000 GL-1800 motorcycles, AP reports
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September 7, 2014
20:02 EDTGMGM to introduce hands free Cadillac model in two years, Bloomberg says
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13:29 EDTVLKAYVolkswagen to temporarily halt production at Russian plant, WSJ says
Citing "the general economic situation in Russia," Volkswagen will stop production at its plant in Kaluga, Russia, for 10 days, says the Wall Street Journal. Reference Link
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