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April 2, 2014
12:10 EDTGM, FNomura starts coverage of GM with Reduce rating
Japanese bank Nomura started research coverage of General Motors (GM) with a Reduce rating, saying that the company is vulnerable to macroeconomic challenges. WHAT'S NEW: With the media focusing on GM's ignition recall controversy, Nomura analyzed the company's fundamental outlook in a note to investors earlier today. The growth of demand for autos in the U.S. market has slowed since last September, while the industry is facing macroeconomic challenges, Nomura analyst Harald Hendrikse warned. GM is more vulnerable than Ford (F) to these macroeconomic challenges, given its plans to raise its profit margins in North America and cut its European losses, the analyst contended. GM's fiscal 2015 earnings per share is likely to be lower than expected, added Hendrikse, who has a $32 price target on the stock. WHAT'S NOTABLE: The analyst initiated Ford with a Neutral rating. Although the automaker also faces macroeconomic challenges it will probably benefit from strong growth in China and the launch of a new F-150 pickup this summer, Hendrikse wrote. Moreover, most of Ford's revenue comes from North America, meaning that its profits won't be greatly impacted by events in other parts of the world, the analyst stated. He set a $15 price target on the stock. PRICE ACTION: Near noon, GM added 25c to $34.59 and Ford shares gained 10c to $16.42.
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July 22, 2015
15:02 EDTFOptions Update; July 22, 2015
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14:50 EDTGMGeneral Motors technical comments ahead of earnings
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13:24 EDTGMEarnings Preview: General Motors down approximately 20% since Q1 report
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08:54 EDTFFord recalling 8,000 vehicles in North America for issue with parking brake
Ford said it is issuing a safety compliance recall for approximately 8,000 vehicles in North America, including certain 2015-2016 Ford Explorer, and certain 2015 Taurus and Flex, as well as Lincoln MKS and MKT vehicles for an issue with the parking brake. In these vehicles, the parking brake might not engage fully, which is a compliance issue with FMVSS 135 regarding brake systems. Ford is not aware of any accidents or injuries associated with this issue. Affected vehicles include certain 2015-2016 Ford Explorer vehicles built at Chicago Assembly Plant, May 4, 2015 through May 23, 2015; certain 2015 Ford Taurus vehicles built at Chicago Assembly Plant, May 4, 2015 through May 23, 2015; certain 2015 Ford Flex vehicles built at Oakville Assembly Plant, May 4, 2015 through May 23, 2015; certain 2015 Lincoln MKS vehicles built at Chicago Assembly Plant, May 4, 2015 through May 23, 2015; and certain Lincoln MKT vehicles built at Oakville Assembly Plant, May 4, 2015 through May 21, 2015. There are 7,165 vehicles in the United States and federalized territories, 799 in Canada and one in Mexico.
08:20 EDTGMGeneral Motors July weekly volatility elevated into Q2 and outlook
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07:18 EDTGM, FAir bag aging poses threat to millions of U.S. drivers, NBC News reports
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July 21, 2015
11:05 EDTFAfter 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 EDTGM, 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
12:16 EDTGM, FHERE 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 16, 2015
16:00 EDTFOptions Update; July 16, 2015
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13:52 EDTF, GMGM 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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July 14, 2015
16:05 EDTGMGM announces $1.4B plant investment related to SUV production
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