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February 6, 2013
07:20 EDTRIO, F, TTM, AA, VLKAYAluminum producers helped by increased auto use, Bloomberg reports
Automakers from Ford (F) to Audi (VLKAY) and Jaguar Land Rover (TTM) are using record amounts of aluminum to replace heavier steel, and that's givign some relief to aluminum producers facing excess supplies and depressed prices, reports Bloomberg.Reference Link
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January 28, 2016
08:33 EDTFOptions expected to be active
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08:31 EDTAAAlcoa, Boeing agree on long-term supply deal
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07:17 EDTFFord reports Q4 wholesales of 1.775M vehicles, up 195K from prior year
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07:15 EDTFFord backs view for 2016 automotive EPS equal to or higher than 2015
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07:01 EDTFFord reports Q4 adjusted EPS 58c, consensus 51c
Reports Q4 automotive revenue $37.9B, consensus $36.4B.
January 27, 2016
16:01 EDTAAOptions Update; January 28, 2016
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures up 1.02 to 26.01. Option volume leaders: AAPL FB BAC NFLX FCX BABA AA X VZ BA T
14:34 EDTFNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
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13:17 EDTFFord volatility elevated into Q4 and outlook
Ford January weekly call option implied volatility is at 59, February is at 31; compared to its 52-week range of 16 to 44, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q4 results on January 28.
12:44 EDTFEarnings Watch: Ford sees record 2015 pre-tax profit, ex-items
Ford Motor Co. (F) is expected to report fourth quarter earnings on Thursday, January 28, before the market open with a conference call scheduled for 9:00 am ET. Ford is a manufacturer and distributor of cars and trucks across six continents. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of 50c on revenue of $36.4B, according to First Call. The consensus range for EPS is 36c-53c on revenue of $34.03B-$38.82B. LAST QUARTER: Ford reported third quarter adjusted EPS of 45c against estimates for 47c, on revenue of $38.1B against estimates for $35.07B. Ford reconfirmed fiscal 2015 pre-tax profit guidance to range from $8.5B-$9.5B, with higher automotive revenue, operating margin, and operating-related cash flow compared with 2014. Ford expects North America 2015 pretax profit to exceed last year's result with an operating margin at the upper end of the company's guidance of 8.5%-9.5%. For Europe, Ford continues to expect pre-tax loss for 2015 to improve compared with 2014 as the company continues towards a return to profitability in the region. On the company's conference call, management said it was on track to deliver a "breakthrough" year and expected a stronger second half, driven by Q4. On January 6, Ford announced a $1B supplemental cash dividend reflecting the company's strong financial performance in 2015 and robust cash and liquidity levels. It also announced that it expects to deliver record 2015 pre-tax profit, ex-items and sees FY16 operating EPS to be about equal to or higher than FY15. During the quarter, Ford reported the following: October U.S. sales up 13% to 213,938 vehicles; November U.S. sales up 0.4% to 187,794 units; and December U.S. sales up 8% to 239,242 vehicles. On January 5, Ford reported total 2015 U.S. sales of 2.61M vehicles, up 5%. STREET RESEARCH: Street research has been light in the weeks leading up to Ford's Q4 earnings report. On October 28, UBS said the weakness in Ford shares following the company's Q3 tax related miss was a buying opportunity. The firm believed guidance was conservative and the company was setting up for a solid 2016. UBS reiterated its Buy rating and lowered its price target to $22 from $23 on Ford shares. PRICE ACTION: Ford's shares are down approximately 23% since its Q3 report and have lost about 19% year-over-year. In afternoon trading ahead of Thursday's Q4 report, Ford shares are up just over 1% to around $12.
09:01 EDTFFord Ohio Assembly Plant adds Ford F-Series Super Duty chassis cab
Ford announced that its Ohio Assembly Plant will support additional production of the all-new 2017 Ford F-Series Super Duty chassis cab. Together with Kentucky Truck Plant, Ohio Assembly will produce F-350, F-450 and F-550 Super Duty chassis cab configurations.
06:33 EDTVLKAYBosch CEO: VW to blame for diesel scandal, Bloomberg reports
Volkswagen takes the blame for its emissions cheating scandal and not its suppliers or diesel technology, Bloomberg reports, citing Robert Bosch CEO Volkmar Denner at a press briefing. The technology means diesel-powered cars are currently "air-cleaning machines," as their emissions are cleaner than the air they take in, the report says, citing Denner. Reference Link
06:01 EDTFIBM names Ford President and CEO Mark Fields to board, effective March 1
The IBM (IBM) board of directors yesterday elected Mark Fields to the board effective March 1, 2016. Fields is president and CEO, Ford (F). Ginni Rometty, IBM chairman, president and CEO, said: "We are pleased that Mark will be joining the IBM board of directors. Mark led the highly successful transformation of his company in a competitive industry where technology has driven innovation. He is leading Ford into a future where cars are not only vehicles, but increasingly becoming mobile technology platforms. His knowledge and insights in running a complex global business will make a significant contribution to IBM."
January 26, 2016
19:16 EDTRIORio Tinto to sell Mount Pleasant thermal coal assets for $224M plus royalties
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19:05 EDTVLKAYEuropean Commission vows to press Volkswagen on reimbursement, FT says
In a Financial Times interview published earlier Tuesday, the European Commission's Elzbieta Bienkowska said the Commission "will never step back on [Volkswagen's refusal to compensate its European customers] because it's important. You cannot openly say, although the cheat was the same on both sides of the Atlantic, you are treating European consumers differently." Bienkowska added that the carmaker should offer "comparable" reimbursement to the $1,000 vouchers given to U.S. customers despite it being "extremely expensive" to do so. Reference Link
11:51 EDTFFord expands safety recall on vehicles with Takata airbag inflators
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11:43 EDTFFord to host sales conference call
Conference call to discuss January Sales Results will be held on February 2 at 10 am. Webcast Link
06:33 EDTVLKAYVW top committee to discuss emissions scandal February 3, Reuters says
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January 25, 2016
10:22 EDTVLKAYVW workers reject 'unrealistic' productivity goal, Bloomberg says
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09:30 EDTAAElliott boosts activist stake in Alcoa to over 7%
Paul Singer's Elliott Associates boosted its activist stake in Alcoa to 7.4% from the 6.4% position the hedge fund reported on November 23. Elliott, in today's filing with the SEC, reiterated its belief that the spin-off transaction recently announced by Alcoa "will create value substantially above the current share price." The hedge fund seeks to "engage in a constructive dialogue" with the company's board and management regarding the transaction "as well as a number of other additional available opportunities to maximize shareholder value."
06:30 EDTFFord to shutter operations in Japan, Indonesia, Reuters reports
Ford will shutter operations in Japan and Indonesia this year since it sees "no reasonable path to profitability" in the two nations, Reuters reports. The car maker will exit all areas of its business, including dealerships and imports of Ford and Lincoln vehicles, in the two countries, the report says, citing an email from Asia Pacific President Dave Schoch to all employees in the region. Reference Link
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