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January 3, 2014
12:54 EDTGM, F, TMGeneral Motors retreats after December sales decline
Shares of General Motors (GM) are lower after the auto maker reported that its U.S. sales had fallen 6.3% in December, versus the same period in 2012. WHAT'S NEW: GM stated earlier today that its U.S. auto sales had declined 6.3% to about 230,000 vehicles in December. The weather and a drop-off following strong sales in November both negatively impacted its December sales, the company said. Additionally, GM stated that a couple of its Japanese competitors had offered "aggressive" incentives to consumers last month. WHAT'S NOTABLE: The sales of GM's main domestic competitor, Ford (F), rose just 1.8% in December, versus the same period in 2012, to about 218,058 vehicles. Toyota (TM) saw its U.S. auto sales fall 1.7% to 190,843 units last month. ANALYST REACTION: In a note to investors, Buckingham analyst Joseph Amaturo recommended buying additional shares of GM at current levels, despite the decline in the company's December sales. GM's redesigned full-size trucks will significantly improve the company's earnings and cash flow in 2013 and 2014, the analyst contended. Another potential catalyst for GM is a possible announcement of a share buyback initiative by the company ,added the analyst, who kept a $50 price target and Buy rating on the shares. But Amaturo is not as upbeat on Ford, as he believes that the company could report weaker than expected 2014 results due to price declines in North America and weaker production of its F-series trucks. The analyst kept a $12 price target and Underperform rating on Ford, and recommended that investors rotate out of Ford and into GM. PRICE ACTION: In early afternoon trading, GM dropped nearly 3% to $39.75 and Ford gained 1% to $15.61.
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July 22, 2014
11:03 EDTFFord announces retirement of Chief Technical Officer Mascarenas
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10:38 EDTGMGM recalls 2015 Chevrolet Silverado 2500s, 3500s for power steering defect
GM is recalling certain model year 2015 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 and 3500 HD vehicles manufactured October 1, 2013 to June 6 and 2015 GMC Sierra 2500 and 3500 HD vehicles manufactured September 30, 2013, to June 6. The power steering hose clamp may disconnect from the power steering pump or gear, causing a loss of power steering fluid. GM will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the vehicles to make sure the power steering hose clamps are properly secured, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in early August. Reference Link
07:17 EDTFNational Association for Business Economics to hold a seminar
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July 21, 2014
11:57 EDTGMChinese 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.
06:21 EDTGMGeneral Motors eyeing budget cars for Europe, FT reports
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06:12 EDTGMGeneral Motors delays recall in another ignition switch case, ABC News says
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July 19, 2014
20:10 EDTGMGM issues stop-sale on certain 2014 Cadillac CTS sedans, Bloomberg says
General Motors has issued a stop-sale order dated July 8 to its dealers for 2014 Cadillac CTS sedans that use a standard key ignition, says Bloomberg. Reference Link
July 18, 2014
18:21 EDTTMToyota to launch pricier compact in India, Nikkei reports
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15:23 EDTTMJapan to provide generous subsidies for fuel cell vehicles, Nikkei says
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12:21 EDTGMCable ad upfront volumes may drop 4% or more, WSJ says
Two of the U.S.'s biggest marketers, Procter & Gamble (PG) and General Motors (GM), have pulled back on their TV network advertising commitments in advance of the "upfront" selling season for cable networks, said The Wall Street Journal, citing people familiar with the matter. The overall volume of ad dollars committed to cable networks during the upfront, which is still under way, could be down 4% or more from last year, people familiar with the situation said. Notable owners of cable television stations include 21st Century Fox (FOXA), Time Warner (TWX), Disney (DIS), CBS (CBS), Comcast (CMCSA), Discovery (DISCA), Viacom (VIAB), and AMC Networks (AMCX). The report added that cutbacks partly reflect a shift of tv ad budgets to digital media, including online video. Google (GOOG) has a large presence in online video with YouTube and Facebook (FB) is taking steps to grow in the area. Reference Link
July 17, 2014
07:46 EDTGMSenate Commerce & Transportation Committee to hold a hearing
The Subcommittee on Consumer Protection, Product Safety and Insurance holds a hearing entitled, "Examining Accountability and Corporate Culture in Wake of the GM Recalls" with General Motors CEO Barra and EVP Milllikin and President & CEO O'Neal of Delphi Automotive on July 17 at 10 am. Webcast Link
06:53 EDTGMGM deems some cars with same recalled switch 'safe', Reuters says
Even though GM issued a recall for millions of cars with defected ignition switches, the automobile manufacturer has concluded that over 2M other vehicles with the same switches are safe, according to Reuters, citing comments from GM spokesman Alan Adler. The car models which have not been recalled include fullsize crossovers such as the Buick Enclave and the Chevrolet Traverse manufactured from 2007 to the present. Reference Link
06:38 EDTGMGeneral Motors hires outside law firm to review litigation practices, WSJ says
General Motors has hired an outside law firm to review the way it handles litigation, reports the Wall Street Journal. The company's General Counsel Michael Millikin plans to say in a testimony at a Senate hearing Thursday that a "well-respected outside law firm" will conduct a "zero-based review" of his department. Reference Link
05:17 EDTFFord launches product acceleration in Middle East, Africa
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July 16, 2014
13:05 EDTGMGM sold 2.5M vehicles worldwide in Q2
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09:02 EDTGMGeneral Motors volatility low into testimony at Senate hearing
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08:00 EDTFFord added to US Key Calls List at UBS
UBS added Ford to its Key Calls List after its recent survey raised its confidence in the success of the F-150 product launch. The survey showed good reception and that buyers were willing to pay a premium above the firm's estimates. UBS said shares are trading well below its long-term OEM average multiple and maintains its Buy rating and $23 price target on Ford.
06:31 EDTGMDocuments show GM hid defect from regulators, NY Times reports
Documents indicate that GM knew at least three fatal crashes were caused by its faulty ignition switches, but failed to tell regulators that when asked about the cause of the accidents, according to The New York Times. Reference Link
06:29 EDTGMSenators turn scrutiny towards GM General Counsel, WSJ reports
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06:19 EDTGM, FFord, GM, Chrysler not interested in Tesla patents, Detroit News says
Ford (F), General Motors (GM), and Chrysler (FIATY) either have little interest in Tesla's (TSLA) EV patents or the companies are not sharing their plans, reports the Detroit News. Reference Link
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