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April 21, 2014
06:26 EDTDDAIFDaimler, BYD to build all-electric vehicle for China, WSJ reports
Daimler has announced plans to build an all-electric vehicle with Chinese partner BYD, the Wall Street Journal reports. Denza, the new electric car, is entitled to subsidies from both the central and local governments in China. Reference Link
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July 31, 2015
11:22 EDTDDAIFGerman luxury auto group close to $3B deal for Nokia's HERE, Bloomberg says
A group of German luxury car makers including BMW (BAMXY), Mercedes-Benz parent Daimler (DDAIF), and Audi (AUDVF) are close to an agreement to purchase Nokia's (NOK) digital-maps business HERE for roughly $3B, Bloomberg reports, citing people familiar with the matter. An official announcement may come as soon as Monday, the report says. Reference Link
July 26, 2015
19:22 EDTDDAIFBaidu 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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July 23, 2015
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
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.
July 21, 2015
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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