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January 8, 2013
05:41 EDTSPWR, ETN, WHR, FFord, Eaton, SunPower, Whirlpool team up for electric energy initiative
Ford Motor Company (F) announces a strategic collaboration that will demonstrate how a typical American family can significantly reduce their electricity bills and CO2 footprint by integrating home appliance technology with a plug-in vehicle to achieve an energy-efficient lifestyle. The Ford-led MyEnergi Lifestyle collaboration includes Eaton (ETN), SunPower (SPWR) and Whirlpool (WHR). Additional featured companies include semiconductor provider Infineon and Nest Labs, with its latest learning thermostat represented in the research and implementation phase of the collaboration. Specifically, MyEnergi Lifestyle showcases how combining renewable energy generation with "time-flexible" loads optimizes energy consumption across a plug-in vehicle and home appliances.
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May 26, 2015
15:23 EDTSPWRRBC says sell First Solar as earnings power overestimated
RBC Capital cut its rating on solar energy company First Solar (FSLR) to Underperform, its equivalent of a "sell" rating, in a note to investors earlier today. WHAT'S NEW: First Solar's earnings power is significantly below analysts' consensus estimate and the company's guidance, RBC Capital analyst Mahesh Sanganeria wrote. The company's profits will be limited due to the lower selling prices of its modules and its declining gross margin, the analyst stated. Moreover, even if demand for modules is very strong, First Solar's sales will be limited by its capacity, Sanganeria contended. Furthermore, First Solar's cost advantage over competing modules has eroded and may disappear completely, partly due to significant declines in polysilicon prices and manufacturing efficiency improvements, the analyst stated. Sanganeria downgraded the shares to Underperform from Sector Perform and lowered the price target on the stock to $34 from $54. WHAT'S NOTABLE: In contrast, UBS was upbeat on the outlook for another name in the solar sector, SunEdison (SUNE), in its own note to investors today. SunEdison is may begin paying a dividend and could expand into Canadian renewable projects, UBS analyst Julien Dumoulin-Smith wrote. The company may acquire Canadian assets for relatively cheap prices, said Dumoulin-Smith, who kept a $32 price target and Buy rating on SunEdison. PRICE ACTION: In afternoon trading, First Solar dropped 6.7% to $51.41 and SunEdison slipped 1.7% to $30.14. CORRECTION: This story corrects an earlier one to clarify that 8point3 Energy Partners is a growth-oriented limited partnership formed by First Solar and SunPower (SPWR) to own, operate and acquire solar energy generation projects. TerraForm Global is the diversified, dividend growth-oriented company formed to acquire clean energy generation assets from SunEdison.
11:30 EDTFFord expands operations in North Africa
As part of its global growth plan, Ford Motor Company is expanding its operations in North Africa with a new regional sales office in Casablanca and a purchasing office in Tangier. “Morocco is a great place to do business,” said Kalyana Sivagnanam, Director, Ford Middle East & North Africa. “Morocco has a very skilled and motivated workforce, a growing automotive supplier ecosystem, access to ports, free and fair trade agreements and a very pro-business mindset. Ford is delighted to partner with Morocco to expand our operations in North Africa.” Ford is bringing seven new vehicles to North Africa this year and will more than double the amount of parts it purchases from North African-based suppliers. The growing automotive supplier network in North Africa, primarily in Morocco, will supply parts to Ford’s assembly plant in Valencia, Spain, among other operations. Ford has completed a 2.3B euro investment in its Valencia plant – the largest automotive investment in Spanish history – allowing it to increase its volume and the number of nameplates it produces.
07:17 EDTFConsumer Electronics Association to hold a conference
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May 21, 2015
07:16 EDTWHRLongbow to hold a conference
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May 20, 2015
13:41 EDTWHRItaly says Whirlpool's plan to cut nearly 2,000 jobs 'disgraceful,' Reuters says
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10:22 EDTWHRWhirlpool backs view of up to $300M in restructuring charges in FY15
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06:06 EDTFFord's Turkish unit forced to cancel shift on supply chain issues, Reuters says
Ford's Turkish arm cancelled an extra work shift yesterday as labor unrest in Turkey's automotive sector hit the supply chain, Reuters reports. Ford Otosan commented, "As it was not possible to supply parts from intermediate product makers in Bursa, the preplanned extra working shift has been cancelled." Reference Link
06:00 EDTFTakata to widen airbag recall to nearly 34M, enters Consent Order
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May 19, 2015
13:20 EDTFTakata expected to recall 33.8M vehicles, Detroit News reports
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13:11 EDTWHRWhirlpool strength attributed to favorable AHAM industry data
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07:36 EDTFAutomakers to start V2V car rollouts with spectrum at a premium, WSJ says
General Motors' (GM) upcoming Cadillac CTS is the only car firmly scheduled to launch in the U.S. with vehicle-to-vehicle communications, or V2V, but the industry has promised that V2V will revolutionize safety and Cisco (CSCO) joined automakers earlier this month to brief the FCC on plans to test airwave sharing soon, said The Wall Street Journal. However, cable and telecom companies are pressuring carmakers to give up a part of the airwaves marked for V2V to be available for broader use, the report added. Publicly traded automakers include Fiat Chrysler (FCAU), Ford (F), Honda (HMC), Toyota (TM) and Volkswagen (VLKAY), while cable and telecom companies include Verizon (VZ), AT&T (T), Sprint (S), T-Mobile (TMUS), Comcast (CMCSA), Time Warner Cable (TWC) and Charter (CHTR). Reference Link
May 18, 2015
14:01 EDTWHRWhirlpool enters agreement to acquire American Dryer Corporation
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12:33 EDTFMarathon Patent unit enters into settlement agreement with Jaguar Land Rover
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09:54 EDTFNHTSA looks to accelerate V2V rollout by automakers, Motor Authority says
Automakers have been notified that initial proposals for the implementation of vehicle-to-vehicle technology will be outlined by before January 1, 2016, which would be a full year ahead of schedule, according to Motor Authority. Publicly traded automakers include Fiat Chrysler (FCAU), Ford (F), General Motors (GM), Honda (HMC), Nissan (NSANY), Toyota (TM) and Volkswagen (VLKAY). Mobileye (MBLY) makes chips utilized in advanced driver assistance systems. Reference Link
07:19 EDTETNElectric Products Group to hold a conference
EPG 2015 is being held in Longboat Key, Florida on May 18-20 with webcasted company presentations to begin on May 18 at 7:30 am; not all company presentations may be webcasted. Webcast Link
06:26 EDTFStudy shows Toyota and Honda leads in best supplier relations, Reuters says
A new study revealed that Toyota (TM) and Honda (HMC) led automakers with U.S. plants in supplier relations, reports Reuters. According to the study led by Planning Perspectives President John Henke, Toyota led Honda while Ford (F) was a distant third and Nissan (NSANY) came in fourth. General Motors (GM) and Fiat Chrysler (FCAU) were last on the list. Reference Link
May 15, 2015
16:28 EDTWHRAppaloosa Management gives quarterly update on stakes
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09:03 EDTWHRBofA/Merrill says to buy Home Depot, Lowe's and Whirlpool
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May 14, 2015
10:27 EDTFDTE Energy partners with Domino's Farms and Ford to build solar arrays
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08:54 EDTFFord says 'poised for breakthrough' year in 2015
Comment made during Ford's annual shareholder meeting.

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