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April 11, 2014
14:14 EDTF, GMDeutsche Bank upgrades Ford on earnings outlook
Deutsche Bank upgraded Ford (F) to Buy from Hold in a note to investors, saying that the company's earnings are poised to increase significantly in 2015-2016. WHAT'S NEW: Ford can increase the price of its pickup trucks, Deutsche Bank analyst Rod Lache wrote. The company's pickups now cost just an average of about $150 per vehicle more than GM's offerings, versus the average gap of $3,000 over the last five years, Lache explained. Ford's new F150 truck will be less expensive than previously expected, as the truck's aluminum body will be cheaper than anticipated and the company has been able to find other ways to cut production costs, the analyst stated. Additionally, Ford's prospects in Europe and China are "favorable," according to the analyst, who upgraded the stock to Buy from Hold. He raised his price target on the shares to $19 from $18.50. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Lache was somewhat upbeat on General Motors (GM), saying that the company can keep it profits at "decent" levels by cutting its costs. However, he added that the automaker's products have not met expectations. Lache now expects GM's share of the pickup truck market share to drop to 17% in 2015 from 17.5% this year. He lowered his 2014 EPS estimate for GM to $2.58 from $3.38 and reduced his 2015 EPS estimate for the company to $4.20 from $4.80. Lache reduced his price target on the shares to $41 from $48, but kept a Buy rating on the stock. PRICE ACTION: In mid-afternoon trading, Ford added 0.6% to $15.72, while GM fell 2.9% to $32.33.
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July 15, 2014
17:35 EDTFGoogle confirms Alan Mulally appointment to board
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16:15 EDTFGoogle appoints ex Ford CEO Alan Mulally to board, CNBC says
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06:38 EDTGMGeneral Motors, VocallQ looking to develop voice-control systems, WSJ reports
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06:27 EDTGM, FAutomakers backing U.S.-EU trade deal, NY Times reports
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July 14, 2014
12:40 EDTGMDelphi confirms that it is not focus of investigation, Detroit News reports
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12:36 EDTGMDelphi not target of DOJ's switch investigation, Reuters reports
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08:14 EDTGM, FFord should beat Q2 estimates while General Motors will miss, says UBS
UBS believes Ford (F) will beat Q2 estimates while General Motors (GM) will miss due to recall costs. Were it not for the recall charges, UBS thinks GM would post solid underlying results. UBS, which thinks Ford is likely to see a strong second half as product launch costs are already factored into guidance, raised its price target on the stock to $22 from $18. UBS increased its GM price target to $54 from $49. The firm keeps Buy ratings on both stocks.
07:55 EDTFToyota halts production at South African plant, Bloomberg reports
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07:19 EDTGMProsecutors centering GM suit around deceptive statements, Reuters says
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06:43 EDTFFord ceases production at South African facility, Reuters says
Ford announced that it has temporarily ceased production at one of its South African facilities due to a strike at some of its suppliers, according to Reuters, citing comments from Ford spokeswoman Alicia Chetty. Chetty said that only Ford's Pretoria facility was affected while its other plant in Port Elizabeth was operating as usual. Reference Link
06:34 EDTGMGeneral Motors CEO to appear before Senate subcomittee this week, WSJ says
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06:08 EDTFABI Research: Over 24M cars to be fitted with Apple CarPlay, DigiTimes says
ABI Research said that over 24M cars will be fitted with Apple (AAPL) CarPlay in 2019, reports DigiTimes. ABI Reserch said that the uptake in MirrorLink will also be fairly significant, but predicts more cars will be fitted with CarPlay. It cites several car makers to have the capabilities, including Ford (F), BMW, Audi, Mercedes, Jaguar/Land Rover, Toyota (TM), Nissan (NSANY), and Volvo (VOLVY). Reference Link
July 13, 2014
15:52 EDTGMSouth Africa strike continues with impact on GM output, WSJ says
The National Union of Metalworkers in South Africa has rejected employers concessions and will continue to strike, says the Wall Street Journal. The strike has affected vehicle production at General Motors and BMW facilities in the country, added the Wall Street Journal. Reference Link
July 11, 2014
10:35 EDTGMCadillac confirms Johan de Nysschen as president
General Motors (GM) announced the appointment of Johan de Nysschen as President Cadillac. de Nysschen will be responsible for all aspects of Cadillac globally including sales, pricing and network development, strategic brand development and marketing and product portfolio planning, including critical input for product engineering and design. de Nysschen joins the GM executive leadership team as an executive vice president of the company beginning September 1 and reports to GM President Dan Ammann. de Nysschen spent the last two years as head of the Infiniti (NSANY) brand worldwide.
09:11 EDTGMFormer head of Infiniti taking over Cadillac, CNBC reports
Johan de Nysschen, the former head of Infiniti and Audi USA, will be taking over General Motors' Cadillac division, CNBC's Phil LeBeau reports via Twitter.
08:50 EDTFNHTSA probes 500K Ford vehicles for steering issue, Detroit News says
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration opened a preliminary probe into 500K older Ford vehicles for steering issues, according to the Detroit News, citing comments from the NHTSA. Ford spokeswoman Kelli Felker said the car manufacturer will cooperate with the NHTSA. Reference Link
July 10, 2014
09:56 EDTFFord, Fiat Chrysler inquire about EU changes, FT says
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09:50 EDTFFord 'committed' to South Africa, minimizes worries over strikes, Reuters says
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06:24 EDTGMGeneral Motors to replace faulty ignition switch kits, Detroit News says
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06:06 EDTGMGM recalling Saab convertibles due to safety defect, Detroit News reports
Around 28,790 Saab convertibles from the 2004-2011 model years are being recalled by General Motors, as the driver's seat belt retractor can break, the Detroit News reports. Reference Link
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