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January 6, 2014
06:28 EDTHMC, TM, F Ford's China sales surged in 2013, Reuters reports
Ford (F) and its partners saw their sales in China jump nearly 50% last year, according to Reuters. As a result, their sales in the Asian country surpassed those of Toyota (TM) and Honda (HMC), the news service stated. Reference Link
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April 23, 2015
09:18 EDTFOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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07:41 EDTFGeneral Motors drops 3% to $35.90 after Q1 results miss estimates
Shares of GM (GM) peer Ford (F) are down 1% while Fiat Chrysler (FCAU) is down 2%.
April 22, 2015
13:54 EDTFEarnings Preview: General Motors sentiment positive ahead of Q1 report
General Motors Company (GM) is expected to report first quarter earnings on Wednesday, April 23 before the market open with a conference call scheduled for 10:00 am ET. General Motors is a global designer and builder of cars, trucks and automobile parts. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of 97c on revenue of $37.61B, according to First Call. The consensus range for EPS is 85c-$1.07 on revenue of $35.71B-$39.36B. LAST QUARTER: GM reported fourth quarter adjusted EPS of $1.19 against estimates for 83c on revenue of $40.5B against estimates for $40.12B. In Q4, GM reported the following: Retail vehicle sales of 2.55M units; Total U.S. retail vehicle sales of 727K units and total North America retail vehicle sales of 854K units; Europe retail sales of 298K units; APMEA retail sales of 1.165M units; South America retail vehicle sales of 236K units; Total worldwide automotive market share of 11.4%, with total U.S. market share of 17.4%; Total Europe share of 6.3% and total APMEA share of 10.5%; North America capacity utilization of 98.9%. GM announced it intends to increase the second quarter dividend on its common stock by 20% to 36c per share. On March 9, GM announced a $5B share repurchase program. On April 22, GM said it sold 2.4M vehicles globally in Q1, up 2% from last year. Sales in China increased 9% and deliveries in North America were up 6%. STREET RESEARCH: Street research has been mostly positive in the weeks leading up to GMís Q1 earnings report. On February 5, Craig-Hallum upgraded General Motors to Buy from Hold. The analyst said the company's Q4 report was superb and expects a very strong year ahead given recall issues that are mostly behind it and a continuation of impressive truck/SUV sales. Additionally, Craig-Hallum expects more shareholder-friendly actions following the announcement of a 20% common dividend increase. They raised their price target on the shares to $44 from $34. On March 10, Citigroup raised its price target for shares of General Motors to $50 from $49 saying the car maker's "earnings and overlooked progress" should hold more weight now that its capital allocation is in place. The firm continues to believe shares will trade at premium to Ford (F) by the end of 2015. It thinks the GM bears have "run out of excuses" and kept a Buy rating on the name. PRICE ACTION: GM shares have gained approximately 8% since Q4 results were released and notched a 52-week high of $38.99 in March. In afternoon trading ahead of Wednesday's Q1 report, GM shares are down 0.4%.
April 21, 2015
14:02 EDTTMToyota looking to increase China production, Bloomberg says
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April 20, 2015
08:12 EDTHMCMarathon Patent Group announces results of Signal IP Markman ruling
Marathon Patent Group (MARA) announced that on April 17, the United States District Court Central District of California issued the claim construction order in the litigation involving its wholly-owned subsidiary Signal IP and American Honda Motor Co. (HMC), Nissan North America (NSANY), Porsche Cars of North America, Mazda Motor of America, Mercedes-Benz USA (DDAIF), BMW of North America, Subaru of America, Kia Motors America, Mitsubishi Motors North America, Volkswagen (VLKAY), and Jaguar Land Rover North America. A total of 36 claim terms from a total of seven patents were disputed between Signal IP and the defendants.
07:55 EDTTMToyota Motor North America awards SAIC contract
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06:50 EDTFTesla price target slashed to $165 at JPMorgan
After lowering its earnings estimates to reflect adverse currency moves, higher operating costs and slower than earlier expected Model X ramp, JPMorgan cut its price target for Tesla shares to $165 from $175. The stock closed Friday up 9c to $206.79. The firm dropped its Q1 earnings estimate to (38c) from (31c) despite the increase in Q1 deliveries preannounced by the electric car maker. JPMorgan keeps an Underweight rating on Tesla, the firm's equivalent to a sell. It maintains Overweight ratings on Ford (F) and General Motors (GM) with price targets of $19 and $46, respectively, ahead of the Q1 reporting season.
April 19, 2015
13:56 EDTTMToyota to launch two hybrid cars in China in 2015, Reuters says
On the eve of the Shanghai autoshow, Toyota has announced plans to introduce two hybrid cars in China in 2015, says Reuters. The cars, both gasoline-electric hybrid cars, will be called Levin Hev and Corolla will be launched in China in the second half of the year, added Reuters. Reference Link
13:14 EDTFFord introduces new Taurus sedan for affluent Chinese customers, WSJ says
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April 17, 2015
13:01 EDTFFord confirms $2.5B investment in new engine, transmission plants in Mexico
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08:01 EDTFFord, DowAska to jointly develop carbon fiber for light-weighting applications
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April 16, 2015
08:26 EDTFNew aluminum Ford F-150 gets top safety rating, Detroit Free Press reports
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April 15, 2015
11:21 EDTTMMobileye rises after Morgan Stanley, Deutsche Bank hike price targets
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09:55 EDTFBofA/Merrill U.S. autos analysts hold an analyst/industry conference call
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09:08 EDTTMToyota to realign North American manufacturing operations
As reported, Toyota plans to invest in a new plant will be built in Guanajuato, Mexico, to support improved competitiveness in North America. The plant will produce Corolla taking into consideration forecasted steady, mid and long-term growth in North America. Building this plant will be one of Toyota's efforts to realign its North American manufacturing operations and begin a new approach to plant building; featuring new work processes, including Toyota New Global Architecture production engineering innovations, and will be a model for global manufacturing. To more efficiently supply high-quality and attractive vehicles, Toyota will continue regional consolidation of North American production based on vehicle body type and size. In 2019, production of the Corolla will be shifted from the plant in Cambridge Ontario, Canada to the newly opened plant in Mexico and the plant in Blue Springs, Mississippi will continue to produce the Corolla; consolidating compact vehicle production to the Southern U.S. and Mexico. TMMC will then focus its production on mid-sized vehicles of higher value, along with Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Kentucky and Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Indiana.
09:06 EDTTMToyota to build new plant in Mexico, expand Chinese joint venture
Toyota announced that it will build a new plant in Mexico and expand its joint venture, Guangzhou Toyota Motor Co., in China. These investments are grounded on its plans to construct production lines that are more competitive, with greatly reduced initial investment, improved efficiency, flexibility, environmental performance and safety, the company said. The new plant in Mexico and the expansion in China will be designed to accelerate innovation by implementing new technologies into real production lines. These "simple and slim" production lines can be easily lengthened or shortened depending on demand, with over-head conveyance devices eliminated, compact equipment installed on top of the plant floors, and paint-booths that are smaller. Toyota had previously suspended construction of new plants in order to improve capacity utilization of existing plants and plan for reduced model change-over and new plant construction investment. Currently, total capacity utilization is more than 90% and the initial portion of new simple and slim plant costs, including structure and equipment, is expected to be approximately 40% lower when compared to 2008. Production at the new plant in Mexico is scheduled to start in 2019 and the investment will be approximately $1B. Production at the new plant in China is to start as needed after completion of new line 3 in 2017 and Toyota plans to invest about Y52.5B.
05:27 EDTFTenneco to supply Ford Focus and Ford C-MAX with suspension technology
Tenneco (TEN) announced that Ford (F) has chosen Tennecoís damper technology for its new Ford Focus and Ford C-MAX, both of which are built on Fordís C-Car global platform. According to Ford, these latest launches introduce a number of advanced new technologies focused on enhanced comfort, safety and ride quality. Tennecoís Multi-Tuned Valve is a cost-effective twin tube valve system that provides a wide range of tuning options. MTV offers improved shock absorber performance and durability compared to conventional valves, and enables the optimum balance between body control and driver comfort.
April 14, 2015
12:23 EDTTM, FFord likely to announce $2.5B investment in Mexico this week, Reuters reports
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06:45 EDTHMCHonda confirms Takata airbag injured driver in March, Reuters says
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06:23 EDTTMToyota to spend $1B to build factory in Mexico, Reuters reports
According to two sources, Toyota will announce plans on Wednesday to invest $1B to build a car factory in Mexico, Reuters reports. The factory, which would be in Guanajuato, is expected to produce about 200,000 cars per year and create about 2,400 direct jobs, one source says. Reuters previously reported that the factory would produce the Corolla car starting in the summer of 2019. Reference Link
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