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February 6, 2013
07:20 EDTF, VLKAY, TTM, RIO, AAAluminum 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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September 22, 2014
08:20 EDTTTMTTM Technologies to acquire Viasystems for $16.46 per share in cash and stock
TTM Technologies (TTMI) and Viasystems Group (VIAS) announced the execution of a definitive agreement under which TTM will acquire all outstanding shares of Viasystems for a combined consideration of $11.33 in cash and 0.706 shares of TTM common stock, which based on the closing market price on September 19 was valued at $16.46 per Viasystems share, or approximately $368M. The total enterprise value of the transaction, including the assumption of debt, is approximately $927M. TTM has identified at least $25 million in pre-tax cost synergies which are expected to be realized within the first year. These will result from combining the sales and general and administrative functions of the two companies. TTM believes that significant additional synergies will result from other integration efforts over a longer period of time. This transaction is expected to be materially accretive to non-GAAP earnings per share in the first year. TTM expects to utilize a new $1.3 billion senior secured credit facility to finance the cash portion of the purchase price, refinance certain debt at each company, and provide liquidity for working capital and general corporate purposes. TTM has received a fully-underwritten financing commitment from J.P. Morgan and Barclays to finance the transaction. The transaction is subject to customary closing conditions, including regulatory approvals and approval by the shareholders of Viasystems. The transaction is expected to close in the first half of 2015. J.P. Morgan acted as financial advisor for TTM, and Stifel acted as financial advisor for Viasystems.
07:02 EDTFJPMorgan prefers shares of GM and Ford to Tesla
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06:52 EDTFCalifornia to add additional incentives for electric cars, NY Times says
California Governor Jerry Brown signed several bills that are supposed to make electric cars more affordable for low income residents of the state, according to The New York Times. The bills, among other things, will boost rebates that low income earners receive when buying an electric car, and install charging stations in apartment buildings in low income areas, the newspaper stated. GM (GM), Nissan (NSANY) Ford (F) and Tesla (TSLA) are among the companies that make electric cars. Reference Link
06:36 EDTVLKAYVolkswagen aims for increased margins with China-only car, Reuters says
Volkswagen (VLKAY) is poised to initiate a new luxury sedan intended only for its consumers in China next year in an effort to increase its margins, according to Reuters, citing two people with knowledge of the plan. The launch could position the automaker to be in a direct rivalry with its Audi (AUDVF) brand. Reference Link
September 21, 2014
13:21 EDTRIORio Tinto sees China and India as impetus for diamond demand, Bloomberg says
Rio Tinto sees China and India driving demand for diamonds as the middle class in those countries may double by 2015 compared with 2010, boosting demand for diamonds, says Bloomberg. Reference Link
September 19, 2014
12:42 EDTFFord recalls 2015 Lincoln MKCs due to windshield glass defect
Ford is recalling certain model year 2015 Lincoln MKC vehicles manufactured August 20, 2013, to June 6. The affected vehicles may have visible air bubbles in the windshield glass. As such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard No. 205, "Glazing Materials." Air bubbles in the windshield could impact the driver's visibility, increasing the risk of a crash. Ford will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the windshields for air bubbles, replacing them as necessary, free of charge. The recall began in August. Reference Link
08:18 EDTFFord upcoming analyst day first in three years, says UBS
UBS previewed Ford ahead of its first analyst meeting in three years. The firm said they expect the company to give end of decade guidance, to update on global markets, to raise its global margins target, and to reiterate its capital deployment strategy. UBS has a Buy rating and $22 price target on Ford.
06:31 EDTFFord reduces Cologne manufacturing as EU demand calms, Reuters says
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September 18, 2014
06:35 EDTVLKAYUAW plans to again negotiate for Volkswagen plant workers in Tennessee, WSJ says
The United Auto Workers union plays to again negotiate for some manufacturing workers at Volkswagen's (VLKAY) Tennessee auto assembly although it was rejected in a February organizing vote, reports the Wall Street Journal. The labor union said roughly 750 workers have joined the recently formed union local in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Reference Link
September 17, 2014
07:37 EDTF, VLKAYEU car registrations up 2.1% in August, up 5.6% in July
The European Automobile Manufacturers Association reported new passenger car registrations were up by 5.6% in July and by 2.1% in August. Eight months into the year, demand for new cars amounted to 8,336,159 units, or 6.0% more than in the same period last year, the group noted. Publicly traded automakers include Fiat (FIATY), Ford (F), General Motors (GM), Honda (HMC), Nissan (NSANY), Toyota (TM) and Volkswagen (VLKAY).
September 16, 2014
15:43 EDTFCFPB to propose auto-lending supervision, WSJ says
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau plans to propose supervising the largest nonbank auto lenders in a step that may impact the auto finance units of Toyota (TM), Ford (F), Honda (HMC) and Nissan (NSANY), says the Wall Street Journal, citing people familiar with the matter. Reference Link
10:54 EDTFFord, Automatic Labs working together on connected-car solutions
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09:36 EDTAAActive equity options trading on open
Active equity options trading on open according to Track Data: AAPL NFLX TSLA YHOO FB PBR MU AA TWTR WMT
08:46 EDTFGeneral Motors concerns about Ford's new F-Series are overdone, says Goldman
Goldman believes concerns about Ford's new F-Series impact on General Motors is overdone. The analyst said investors are underestimating F-150 capacity constraints if the launch is successful, which will limit General Motors share loss.
08:16 EDTFStrike at Lear plant that supplies Ford seats ends after one day, AP reports
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07:43 EDTRIOAnglo American, Rio Tinto seen as potential targets for Glencore, FT says
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07:26 EDTFUltima Media to hold a conference
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07:08 EDTVLKAYToyota Lexus unit questioned regarding parts pricing, Reuters says
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06:51 EDTRIOChina ban could hurt Australia coal exports, China Daily says
China's decision to ban imports of dirty coal starting in 2015 could significantly reduce the amount of coal that Australia exports to the Asian country, according to China Daily. BHP Billiton (BHP) and Rio Tinto (RIO) mine coal in Australia. Reference Link China ban could hurt Australia coal exports, China Daily says
06:30 EDTVLKAY, FNHTSA chief calls for 'new normal' for recalls, Detroit News reports
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