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January 3, 2014
12:54 EDTGM, TM, FGeneral 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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April 8, 2014
18:23 EDTGMGeneral Motors planning lower-priced Chevy Volt, Reuters says
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17:14 EDTGMGeneral Motors fined $28,000 by NHTSA for timeliness of response to inquiry
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17:06 EDTGMGeneral Motors fined $28,000 by NHTSA, reports CNBC
12:33 EDTGMGeneral Motors to invest $449M in support of electric vehicles
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09:32 EDTGMGeneral Motors appears oversold, says RBC Capital
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08:44 EDTFFord says China sales cross 100,000 mark in March, March sales up 28% y/y
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07:31 EDTGMGM workers in Bowling Green to hold vote on strike, AP reports
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07:17 EDTTM, GMChina car sales up 9% as curbs spark early purchases, Bloomberg says
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07:14 EDTTM, GMGM SUVs earn top scores among rivals in crash test, Bloomberg says
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety said GM's (GM) Chevrolet Equinox and GMC Terrain earned the highest scores among mid-size sport-utility cars in a test made to simulate one of the deadliest kinds of front-end crashes, according to Bloomberg, citing a statement from IIHS's Chief Research Officer David Zuby. Toyota's (TM) Highlander earned an "acceptable" rating, while the other six cars that were tested were given a "marginal" or "poor" rating. Reference Link
06:38 EDTFFord's March China sales up 28% y/y, Reuters reports
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April 7, 2014
17:25 EDTGMGeneral Motors to invest $450M in electric cars, WSJ says
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14:16 EDTGMGroup says General Motors' Impala could have air bag defect, Bloomberg reports
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12:47 EDTFFord recalls 434,000 vehicles in two unrelated recalls, Detroit News reports
Ford is recalling more than 434,000 vehicles in two separate recalls announced Monday, reports Detroit News. The company is recalling 385,750 Escape compact SUVs due to a rusty subframe. it also will recall 48,950 Ford Fusion, Lincoln MKZ, Ford Escape and C-Max vehicles to replace seatback frames that don't comply to the NHTSA standard. Reference Link
11:17 EDTGMGeneral Motors upgraded to Buy from Hold at Standpoint Research
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06:35 EDTGMGM investors keep faith as recall reduces $3B in value, Bloomberg says
A variety of institutional investors in GM say they still feel confident in the stock after the recall crisis reduced more than $3B in shareholders’ value over four weeks, reported Bloomberg. Reference Link
06:29 EDTGMGeneral Motors considers range of options for victim-compensation, WSJ says
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05:25 EDTFFord Transit Connect awarded five star safety rating by NHTSA
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April 6, 2014
18:12 EDTGMGM to begin fixing faulty ignition switches, WSJ says
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16:07 EDTGMGM's Opel brand planning compact electric car by 2017, Reuters says
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14:53 EDTGMMcCaskill says GM ignition case could lead to criminal charges, Reuters says
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