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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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July 21, 2015
18:33 EDTTMToyota to delay building Lexus brand in China, Reuters reports
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12:22 EDTTMFormer Toyota exec plans to make supplier more competitive, Bloomberg says
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11:05 EDTF, TMAfter Jeep hacked, analyst predicts cybersecurity boosts for Harman, Delphi
After Jeep hacked, analyst predicts cybersecurity boosts for Harman, Delphi The shares of Harman (HAR) and Delphi Automotive (DLPH) are rising after Wells Fargo predicted that the companies would benefit from the increasing need to protect cars from cybersecurity attacks after Wired reported on hackers discovering methods that can be used to take control of vehicles. BACKGROUND: Two computer hacking researchers showed that they could seize control of a Jeep Cherokee, made by Fiat Chrysler (FCAU), using a technique called a zero-day exploit, Wired reported today. Using the same technique, the hackers can control "any of thousands of vehicles," the website reported. In the past, they have demonstrated how they were able to take control of a Ford (F) Escape and Toyota (TM) Prius, according to Wired. The hackers' technique involves taking control of vehicles' entertainment systems and sending commands to the vehicles' dashboard functions, steering, brakes, and transmission through their those systems, the website stated. ANALYST REACTION: In a note to investors today, Wells Fargo analyst David Lim responded to Wired's article by saying that cybersecurity has become a significant concern for automakers. Automotive technology suppliers such as Harman (HAR) and Delphi (DLPH) should benefit from auto makers' efforts to protect their vehicles from cyberattacks, Kwas believes. He reiterated Outperform ratings on Harman and Delphi. PRICE ACTION: In morning trading, Harman climbed about 2% to $108 and Delphi rose fractionally to $78.15. This version of the story replaces an earlier one to correct the lead analyst to David Lim.
09:40 EDTTM, GM, FJeep Cherokee can be hacked via entertainment system, Wired reports
Hackers Charlie Miller and Chris Valasek demonstrated to Wired how Jeep Cherokees can be hacked via the vehicle’s entertainment system, giving an attacker wireless control of the automobile and its systems. Miller and Valasek previously demonstrated hacks they were able to perpetrate against Ford (F) Escape and Toyota (TM) Prius vehicles, the report noted. Other publicly traded automakers include General Motors (GM), Honda (HMC), Nissan (NSANY) and Volkswagen (VLKAY). Reference Link
06:13 EDTFFord to launch luxury pickup truck, Reuters reports
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July 20, 2015
14:33 EDTTMGoPro, Toyota partner to put camera mount in Tacoma, Wired says
GoPro (GPRO) and Toyota (TM) are partnering to place a a GoPro camera mount on the roofline of every new 2016 Toyota Tacoma, a first for a carmaker, says Wired. Toyota will not supply the camera, added Wired. Shares of GoPro are up 6.5% while Toyota is up fractionally. Reference Link
12:16 EDTF, GM, TMHERE offering free HD map data for automated vehicle tests
HERE, a Nokia (NOK) company, announced it is making high-definition mapping data of sections of public roads in four countries available to all automotive companies to support their highly automated vehicle initiatives. HERE is offering HD mapping data of specific stretches of open road in Silicon Valley and Michigan in the United States, as well as in France and Germany, to all carmakers and automotive suppliers for test purposes. HERE plans to offer data for Japan too later this year. HERE is currently working with more than 10 "leading automotive companies" on automated driving projects, the company said. Publicly traded automakers include Fiat Chrysler (FCAU), Ford (F), General Motors (GM), Honda (HMC), Nissan (NSANY), Toyota (TM) and Volkswagen (VLKAY).
06:43 EDTGMGM's Opel to cut production at two German factories, Reuters reports
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July 19, 2015
12:50 EDTTMJapanese blue chips could see gains of 30% or more, Barron's says
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July 17, 2015
06:32 EDTTMProbe shows leaky seals cause Takata air bag explosions, WSJ reports
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July 16, 2015
16:00 EDTFOptions Update; July 16, 2015
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14:36 EDTTMToyota upgraded to Buy from Hold at Jefferies (pre-open)
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13:52 EDTF, GM, TMGM slips after Barclays downgrades auto sector on China downturnbw
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10:00 EDTGMOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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07:34 EDTFEuropean June car sales grow on expanded economy, Bloomberg says
European car sales growth accelerated to its fastest pace in five and a half years in June as Volkswagen (VLKAY), PSA Peugeot Citroen (PUGOY), and Ford (F) brought in new customers with newer models and an expanding economy, Bloomberg reports. Registrations rose 15% to 1.41M vehicles from 1.23M last year, the report says, citing data from the European Automobile Manufacturers' Association, or ACEA. Reference Link
07:30 EDTGMGeneral Motors downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Barclays
Barclays downgraded the U.S. Autos and Auto Parts sector to Negative from Neutral and cut its rating on General Motors (GM) to Equal Weight from Overweight. The firm sees further sector underperformance as China car sales continue to disappoint and Chinese production goes negative against a peak in the U.S. auto industry and a slow recovery in Europe. The firm sees few near-term catalysts for General Motors given is larger exposure to China and little that will change its perception by investors as a "value trap." Barclays lowered General Motors' price target to $36 from $44.
July 15, 2015
14:35 EDTGMGeneral Motors recalls Sparks, Sonics over radio software issue
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13:29 EDTFFord temporarily stops Edge sales to fix malfunction, AP reports
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06:14 EDTGMFiat Chrysler CEO has no plans for another GM offer, NYT reports
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06:09 EDTTMToyota recalling around 625,000 hybrid cars to fix software glitch, Reuters says
Toyota will recall around 625,000 hybrid cars globally, Reuters reports. Affected models include Prius v minivans made between May 2010-November 2014, the report says. Toyota is looking to fix a software glitch that could shut down the hybrid system while the car is being driven. Reference Link
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