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June 26, 2014
06:37 EDTFIATY, F, NSANYChrysler's Ram ProMaster line competes with Ford, Nissan, Bloomberg says
Fiat's (FIATY) Chrysler is broadening its Ram ProMaster line of cargo vans with a smaller model that will take on Ford (F), Nissan (NSANY) and other car manufacturers as the company looks for business drivers to replace older models, according to Bloomberg, citing comments from Chrysler. Reference Link
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July 24, 2014
06:36 EDTFFord backs FY14 pre-tax profit guidance of $7B-$8B
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July 23, 2014
15:30 EDTFNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
Notable companies reporting before tomorrow's market open, with earnings consensus, include Ford (F), consensus 36c; General Motors (GM), consensus 58c; Potash (POT), consensus 46c; Caterpillar (CAT), consensus $1.52; 3M (MMM), consensus $1.91; Union Pacific (UNP), consensus $1.43; Bristol-Myers Squibb (BMY), consensus 44c; Eli Lilly (LLY), consensus 65c; Celgene (CELG), consensus 89c; Precision Castparts (PCP), consensus $3.35; Raytheon (RTN), consensus $1.59; Noble Energy (NBL), consensus 79c; Hershey (HSY), consensus 76c; Southwest Airlines (LUV), consensus 61c; Boston Scientific (BSX), consensus 19c; JetBlue (JBLU), consensus 19c.
15:02 EDTFFord July weekly 18 straddle priced for 2.7% move into Q2
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14:56 EDTFFord technical commentary ahead of results
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14:02 EDTFEarnings Preview: Ford approaches 52-week high ahead of Q2 report
Ford Motor Co. (F) is expected to report second quarter earnings on Thursday, July 24, before the market open with a conference call scheduled for 8:30 am ET. Ford is a manufacturer and distributor of cars and trucks across six continents. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of 36c on revenue of $36.26B, according to First Call. The consensus range for earnings per share is 31c-43c on revenue of $34.65B-$39.42B. LAST QUARTER: Ford reported first quarter adjusted EPS of 25c against estimates for 31c on revenue of $35.9B against estimates for $34.06B. On its Q1 earnings report, the company said its plan for FY14 automotive revenue to be about equal to FY13's $139.4B is on track. It said FY14 operating margin and operating related cash flow plans are on track as well. The company maintained its view for U.S. and China industry volumes, but increased its view for EU 20 industry volume this year to 14M-15M from 13.5M-14.5M. The company expects second quarter production to be 1.7M units, up 32,000 units from a year ago, more than explained by higher volume in Asia Pacific. Compared with the first quarter, second quarter production is up 87,000 units. On its Q1 earnings conference call, Ford said it expects the remaining quarters of year to be 'substantially better' than Q1. On May 1, Ford announced CEO Alan Mulally was retiring and would be replaced by Mark Fields, effective July 1. On May 7, Ford announced a $1.8B stock repurchase plan. On June 24, Ford's Americas Chief Joe Hinrichs said the company was on schedule for its aluminum bodied 2015 Ford F-150 pickup truck. STREET RESEARCH: Street research has been mostly positive in the weeks leading up to Fords's Q2 earnings report. On April 28, Craig-Hallum upgraded Ford to Buy from Hold based on balance sheet, earnings profitability and dividend yield, and the upcoming 2015 F-Series launch. The firm raised its price target on the shares to $21 from $16. On May 15, Buckingham said Ford shares should be sold. Buckingham recommended buying GM's (GM) shares aggressively and selling Ford's stock. The firm reported that GM's performance in May had significantly outpaced that of Ford, while GM's full-size pickup sales had risen year-over-year. The firm kept a Buy rating on GM and a Sell rating on Ford. PRICE ACTION: Ford's shares have traded 13% higher since its Q1 report and are approaching their 52-week high of $18.08. In afternoon trading ahead of Thursday's Q2 report, Ford is up about 0.4% to $17.90.
13:45 EDTFEarnings Preview: General Motors to take Q2 charge up to $1.2B on recalls
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11:02 EDTFFord July weekly volatility elevated into Q2 and outlook
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07:20 EDTFIATYFiat head says VW tie-up never an option, Reuters says
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July 22, 2014
16:26 EDTFIATYChrysler recalling older-model SUVs over ignition switch concerns
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13:29 EDTFFord taps Galhotra to lead Lincoln brand
Ford earlier today announced that Kumar Galhotra – currently the company’s vice president of Engineering, responsible for all Ford and Lincoln vehicles globally – will be vice president and president of the company's Lincoln brand, effective Sept. 1. This new dedicated position, reporting to Ford President and CEO Mark Fields, is designed to accelerate Lincoln even further as a world-class luxury brand, the automaker added. Succeeding Galhotra is Jim Holland, who is named vice president, Vehicle Component and Systems Engineering, effective Sept. 1, Ford added. Holland will report to Raj Nair, group vice president, Global Product Development.
11:03 EDTFFord announces retirement of Chief Technical Officer Mascarenas
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07:17 EDTFNational Association for Business Economics to hold a seminar
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July 21, 2014
11:57 EDTNSANYChinese electric vehicle maker Kandi surges after tax break news
Shares of Chinese electric car maker Kandi Technologies (KNDI) are surging after a Chinese newspaper reported that electric cars made outside of China would not qualify for a key tax break in the country. WHAT'S NEW: A key sales tax will not be waived on purchases of electric cars made outside of China, said Su Bo, China's vice-minister of the Industry and Information Technology Ministry, according to China Daily. Buyers of electric vehicles made in China will not have to pay a purchase tax from September 1, 2014 until the end of 2017, China Daily stated. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Tesla Motors (TSLA), Nissan (NSANY) and GM (GM) have all sought to sell electric vehicles in China. PRICE ACTION: In late morning trading, Kandi Technologies' stock rose $1.66, or 8.5%, to $21.28. The shares are well off their high for the day of $22.22, but they have surged 80% so far this year. Tesla shares, which had spent some of the morning in slightly negative ground, were up about 1% near $222 per share just before noon.
06:58 EDTNSANYForeign electric cars won't qualify for Chinese tax break, China Daily says
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06:07 EDTNSANYNissan to introduce self-parking cars by 2016, Detroit News reports
Nissan is planning to introduce self-parking cars by 2016, the Detroit News reports. The feature, which will be available along with technology enabling cars to self-navigate congested highway, on a wide range of vehicles, CEO Carlos Ghosn says. Reference Link
July 18, 2014
15:23 EDTNSANYJapan to provide generous subsidies for fuel cell vehicles, Nikkei says
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July 17, 2014
07:50 EDTFIATYBiggest Fiat stakeholder denies possible VW acquisition, Bloomberg says
Fiat's (FIATY) largest stakeholder, the Agnelli family, said that there were no talks regarding a merger between the Italian car manufacturer and Volkswagen (VLKAY), according to Bloomberg, citing a spokesman for Exor, the Agnelli family's investment firm. Exor owns 30% of Fiat’s shares and was responding to a report by Germany’s Manager Magazin. Reference Link
06:44 EDTFIATYReport says VW in talks to buy Fiat, Reuters says
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06:28 EDTFIATYChrysler pressured to fix Jeep recall faster, Detroit News says
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration pressured Chrysler to resolve recalls for Jeep Grand Cherokee and Liberty vehicles due to risk of fire. The company stated it will be able to produce enough trailer hitches to complete the 1.56M vehicle recall faster than anticipated, reports the Detroit News. Reference Link
05:17 EDTFFord launches product acceleration in Middle East, Africa
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