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June 11, 2014
13:27 EDTF, MGAFord, Magna announce collaboration
Magna (MGA) and Ford (F) have unveiled a multi-material lightweight vehicle concept that uses advanced material solutions to achieve a nearly 25% weight reduction compared to the current production vehicle. The Magna-led R&D activity, in cooperation with Ford, is co-funded by the U.S. Department of Energy.
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October 1, 2015
10:36 EDTFFord says Volkswagen scandal 'a non-issue' for its dealers
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10:18 EDTFFord sees 2015 U.S. industry volume at high end of 17M-17.5M vehicle range
Says believes September industry SAAR around 18M. Says total vehicle industry "likely" up about 13% in September including medium and heavy trucks. Says automaker had the best September sales performance since 2006. Says September benefited from "strong" Labor Day weekend. Says U.S. economy continuing to perform well, says U.S. economy expanded at 3.9% annualized rate in September. Sees labor market to continue to improve at steady pace. Sees 2015 U.S. industry volume at high end of 17M-17.5M vehicle range. Comments made on Ford's September U.S. sales conference call. Ford is up 0.88% to $13.69 in morning trading.
09:16 EDTFFord reports September U.S. sales up 23% to 221,599 vehicles
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09:15 EDTFFord reports September U.S. sales up 23% to 221,599 vehicles
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08:36 EDTFMarathon Patent subsidiary receives favorable order against Ford, Fiat Chrysler
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05:56 EDTFTrueCar boosts 2015 U.S. sales forecast to 17.4M from 17.2M
TrueCar (TRUE) raised its 2015 annual forecast by 200,000 units to 17.4 million as sales growth in the remaining months of 2015 is poised to remain vigorous. New auto sales in September, aided by a later-than-usual Labor Day, should expand by 12.6 percent from a year ago, while the Seasonally Adjusted Annual Rate should reach 17.7 million units. That strength underpins TrueCar's revised full-year industry forecast of 17.4 million units, the highest volume since 2000. Retail share of the total industry likely expanded a full point in September versus last year, indicating busier-than-average showrooms. Confident consumers are expected to push new vehicle revenue to a record $45 billion for the month, up 13.2 percent versus the same period last year. Publicly traded companies in the space include Fiat Chrysler (FCAU), Ford (F), General Motors (GM), Honda (HMC), Nissan (NSANY), Toyota (TM), Daimler (DDAIF) and Volkswagen (VLKAY). TrueCar EVP Larry Dominique commented, "Volkswagen's stop sell of diesel vehicles in the U.S. causes a noticeable hit to its September revenue, with a 7.7 percent decline. We expect sales to dip by at least by 5 percent and incentives to increase by $235 per unit, which will be essential to push non-impacted models off the lots."
September 30, 2015
11:57 EDTFFord issues 5 safety recalls and one safety compliance recall in North America
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September 29, 2015
06:17 EDTFFiat Chrysler labor deal faces resistance, NY Times reports
Fiat Chrysler's (FCAU) tentative deal with the United Auto Workers union has seen resistance in early voting, with several plants rejecting the deal outright, the New York Times says. Voting at some of the largest plants will start Tuesday, and that fate of the proposed four-year deal will be determined by the middle of the week, the report says. Opponents to the deal have said that it does not offer any clear path for lower-tier workers to reach the highest levels of hourly play and fails to limit the number of entry-level workers, the report says. Fiat Chrysler's deal with its auto workers is viewed as a template for labor talks that General Motors (GM) and Ford (F) will have with their workers, the report says. Reference Link
September 25, 2015
07:54 EDTMGAVolkswagen issues could lead to Magna buying opportunity, says Canaccord
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September 24, 2015
11:12 EDTMGAAnalyst says Delphi pushed to 'attractive' level by Volkswagen scandal
The shares of auto equipment maker Delphi (DLPH) are falling nearly 4% this morning and have tumbled over 8% week-to-date in the wake of the Volkswagen (VLKAY) emissions scandal. In a note to investors today, RBC Capital recommended that investors buy Delphi shares at current levels, saying that the impact of the Volkswagen news on Delphi "appears limited." WHAT'S NEW: After meeting with Delphi's CEO and treasurer, RBC Capital analyst Joseph Spak says that Delphi parts are not incorporated into any light vehicles with diesel engines in the U.S., while Volkswagen accounts for only about 1% of Delphi's overall powertrain business. Delphi could be hurt if European consumers stop buying diesel powered vehicles, according to Spak, who noted that Delphi generates double the revenue from diesel vehicles than it gets from gasoline vehicles. Such a scenario, however, is unlikely to play out and the company would see higher revenue from gasoline engines if it does occur, according to Spak. Addressing the company's outlook in China, Spak lowered his third quarter and full-year operating income estimates for the auto maker "towards the low end" of its guidance. However, he noted that Delphi "does seem to be confident" that it can meet its earnings per share guidance even if its production in China is flat in the second half of this year, the analyst stated. Moreover, Delphi suggested that its China business appears to be stabilizing, while some automakers are increasing their fourth quarter orders from previous levels, he wrote. Spak cut his price target on the stock to $91 from $93 but kept an Outperform rating on the shares. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Yesterday, Spak wrote that the decline of auto suppliers with exposure to Volkswagen's powertrain could be overdone. In addition to Delphi, he identified Magna (MGA) as having exposure to Volkswagen's powertrains. BorgWarner (BWA) would only lose 7c of EPS if all sales of cars with 1.5M Volkswagen engines disappear, the analyst added. PRICE ACTION: In morning trading, Delphi dropped 3.7% to $71.36, while Magna fell 5.7% to $43.64 and BorgWarner declined 3.7% to $37.54.
09:25 EDTFFord to host sales conference call
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09:22 EDTFFord exec says company does not use emissions 'defeat devices,' CNBC reports
Ford President of the Americas Joe Hinrichs said, while appearing on CNBC's Squawk Box, that Ford does not use "defeat devices and we clearly understand what it means from an integrity standpoint to make sure our vehicles perform on the road like they do in the lab." Hinrichs' comments come after Volkswagen (VLKAY) was accused by the EPA of installing a device in its diesel vehicles to mask their true emissions and after a German report said that a discrepancy with on-road emissions performance was found with an SUV made by BMW (BAMXY). Reference Link
09:03 EDTFAlcoa completes expansion of Tennessee facility
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September 23, 2015
19:07 EDTFStudy shows U.S. cars less safe than EU vehicles, Independent says
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14:14 EDTMGAVolkswagen shares jump as CEO Winterkorn departs
Shares of Volkswagen (VLKAY) trading in New York have jumped following the resignation of Chief Executive Officer Martin Winterkorn, with the company's supervisory board subsequently praising the decision and saying it will consider his replacement at a meeting Friday. Prior to the news, several analysts made their own arguments regarding the stock, appearing quite bearish but saying long-term value still remains for Volkswagen even as it grapples with what could be years of fallout from its recent emissions failure. ANALYST OPINION: Several research firms weighed in on Volkswagen's ongoing emissions scandal this morning prior to Winterkorn announcing his resignation as CEO. Credit Suisse analyst Dan Galves commented more broadly that the events surrounding the emissions violations "will likely impact all OEM's that sell vehicles in Europe," explaining that European air pollution tests are "very misleading" and feature notable loopholes. The Volkswagen scandal could accelerate stricter testing standards, resulting in higher compliance costs for automakers as well as weakened appeal for diesel engines, according to Galves. Autoparts suppliers with exposure to diesel vehicles like BorgWarner (BWA) and Delphi (DLPH) may see a "modest drag" if consumer sentiment shifts, though Magna (MGA) could benefit from increased compliance spending, added the analyst. Meanwhile, JPMorgan's Jose Asumendi downgraded Volkswagen to Neutral from Overweight. The analyst noted that the North American engine recall is not his primary worry, but rather the company's European exposure, especially given the potential for additional investigations and the lack of clarity on the company's total liability. Separately, Deutsche Bank analyst Tim Rokossa downgraded the stock to Hold and cut his price target to EUR130 from EUR260. Though the stock's recent slip may look like a buying opportunity, the complete impact of the scandal will likely take "much longer" to unfold, stressed Rokossa. Beyond "very painful" legal fees, the scandal's impact on Volkswagen operations is the more key concern as damage to the Volkswagen and Audi brands pressures pricing, argued Rokossa. Volkswagen was also downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Nataxis this morning. In addition to the downgrades, Fitch Ratings placed Volkswagen's ratings, including its 'A' Long-term Issuer Default Rating, on Rating Watch Negative, reflecting "the reputational damage" on the group's brands the emission test scandal and the expected multi-billion euros financial impact from potential fines, recall costs, lawsuits and legal claims. CEO EXIT: Martin Winterkorn stepped down as CEO of Volkswagen on Wednesday as the company's emissions scandal continued to unfold. The former Chief Executive stated, "I am stunned that misconduct on such a scale was possible in the Volkswagen Group. As CEO I accept responsibility for the irregularities that have been found in diesel engines and have therefore requested the supervisory board to agree on terminating my function as CEO... I am doing this in the interests of the company even though I am not aware of any wrong doing on my part...The process of clarification and transparency must continue. This is the only way to win back trust." Winterkorn's announcement was quickly followed by a statement from the supervisory board itself, saying its executive committee "recognizes not only the economic damage caused, but also the loss of trust among many customers worldwide." The executive committee explained that recommendations for new personnel will be presented at an upcoming board meeting this Friday, but cautioned that it is expecting "further personnel consequences in the next days" as its internal investigations continue "at a high tempo." Importantly, the board also stated that it will voluntarily submit a complaint to the State Prosecutors' office in Brunswick, remarking that "criminal proceedings may be relevant." Possible replacements for Winterkorn include Matthias Mueller, head of the Porsche brand who has the support of the family that controls a majority stake of VW, and Herbert Diess, who recently joined from BMW (BAMXY), said Bloomberg, citing a person familiar with the matter. PRICE ACTION: Shares of Volkswagen trading in New York have advanced 8.3% to $27.55 in afternoon trading following Winterkorn's departure, though the company's American Depository Receipts have crashed nearly 28% since the emissions failure became public. Fellow German automakers BMW and Daimler (DDAIF) have also suffered double digit percentage declines in their New York listed shares since news of the scandal.
10:00 EDTMGAOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: Baytex Energy (BTE) downgraded to Sector Performer from Outperformer at CIBC... CarMax (KMX) downgraded to Perform from Outperform at Oppenheimer... Cytec Industries (CYT) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Jefferies... LG Display (LPL) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at BofA/Merrill... Magna (MGA) downgraded to Sector Performer from Outperformer at CIBC... Norilsk Nickel (NILSY) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... Sherwin-Williams (SHW) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Longbow... Volkswagen (VLKAY) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank.
09:55 EDTFActive calls on open: BIIB FCX X F INTC
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08:50 EDTMGAWeakness in auto suppliers could create opportunities, says RBC Capital
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08:20 EDTMGAMagna downgraded to Sector Performer from Outperformer at CIBC
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September 22, 2015
16:00 EDTFOptions Update; September 22, 2015
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