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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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September 25, 2014
05:22 EDTFFord exceeds UAW job commitment, announces Charter Communications order
Ford (F) has fulfilled its commitment to the UAW to create 12,000 U.S. hourly jobs by 2015, announcing 1,200 new jobs and a second shift at Kansas City Assembly Plant, where the all-new Ford Transit is built. Ford has already met its goal of creating 12,000 hourly jobs in the United States by 2015 as part of the 2011 UAW contract talks; total new job creation to date exceeds 14,000. Kansas City Assembly Plant adds 1,200 jobs to support growing demand for the all-new Ford Transit family of commercial vehicles; jobs are in addition to the 2,800 jobs added in 2012 and 2013. Transit posted its third consecutive month of U.S. sales growth in August, with nearly 1,100 sold; Transit recently posted its first large fleet order with Charter Communications (CHTR). The company ordered more than 800 low-roof, regular-wheelbase Transit vans to be used by its technicians across 29 states.
September 24, 2014
09:18 EDTFFord to host sales conference call
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07:43 EDTGM, FBarclays continues to favor General Motors over Ford
Despite significant underperformance year-to-date, Barclays continues to favor General Motors (GM) over Ford (F). The firm sees better upside for General Motors driven by North America margins, improvement opportunities in China and Europe, an attractive cash flow story, and a valuation less vulnerable to a market pullback. Barclays sees a positive Q4 trade in Ford investors get excited about the new F-150, China growth and a turnaround in Europe.
06:55 EDTGMGM names Massimilla cybersecurity chief, Reuters says
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06:46 EDTGMGM aiming for China sales to exceed 3M vehicles in 2014, Reuters says
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September 23, 2014
11:42 EDTGM 3D Systems rises after analyst reports 'unexpected' GM deal
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11:19 EDTGMGeneral Motors says Cadillac expands to become separate business unit
As part of the continued expansion of Cadillac, General Motors has announced a strategic realignment that will establish the flagship brand as a separate business unit. In addition, the new Cadillac organization will expand to New York with a new global headquarters opening in 2015. The realignment affirms Cadillacís importance to GMís strategy. Creating a new Cadillac business unit enables it to pursue growing opportunities in the luxury automotive market with more focus and clarity. Johan de Nysschen, who joined Cadillac as its new president in August, will be responsible for the brandís overall operational performance. The plan includes expansion to New York City in the form of a multipurpose brand and event space. Reference Link
11:03 EDTGM3D Systems landed $6M-$8M deal with GM, says Piper Jaffray
Piper Jaffray says that based on conversations with industry contacts, it believes 3D Systems (DDD) landed an unexpected deal with General Motors (GM) in Q3. Piper thinks the Bluebird deal could be in the range of $6M-$8M. The firm believes the deal was not in 3D's pipeline. It has a Neutral rating on the stock.
09:01 EDTGMGM aiming for New York Cadillac headquarters by 2Q15, Reuters says
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September 22, 2014
12:04 EDTFFord to host investor day
investor Day to be held in Dearborn, MI on September 29 at 1 pm. Webcast Link
11:15 EDTGMGM compensation fund approved two more fatalities, CNBC reports
General Motors' victim compensation fund has now approved 37 claims, including 21 fatalities, up from 31 claims and 19 fatalities last week, CNBC's Phil LeBeau reports via Twitter.
07:02 EDTGM, FJPMorgan prefers shares of GM and Ford to Tesla
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06:52 EDTGM, FCalifornia to add additional incentives for electric cars, NY Times says
California Governor Jerry Brown signed several bills that are supposed to make electric cars more affordable for low income residents of the state, according to The New York Times. The bills, among other things, will boost rebates that low income earners receive when buying an electric car, and install charging stations in apartment buildings in low income areas, the newspaper stated. GM (GM), Nissan (NSANY) Ford (F) and Tesla (TSLA) are among the companies that make electric cars. Reference Link
September 20, 2014
21:44 EDTGMGM recalls 221,558 Cadillac XTS and Chevrolet Impala sedans, WSJ says
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September 19, 2014
14:50 EDTGMJudge orders General Motors must hand over defect files, WSJ reports
A U.S. Judge has ordered General Motors to turn over internal files and documents regarding its ignition-switch flaw and how it handled the defect to plaintiff attorneys, The Wall Street Journal says. The attorneys are representing plaintiffs who have sued the auto manufacturer alleging economic loss, personal injury, and deaths related to the company's recall of older cars with the ignition-switch defect. While General Motors is protected from liabilities that occurred before its bankruptcy in 2009, the recent ruling paves the way for plaintiff attorneys to obtain records they could use in cases before and after General Motor's bankruptcy petition, The Wall Street Journal added. Reference Link
12:42 EDTFFord recalls 2015 Lincoln MKCs due to windshield glass defect
Ford is recalling certain model year 2015 Lincoln MKC vehicles manufactured August 20, 2013, to June 6. The affected vehicles may have visible air bubbles in the windshield glass. As such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard No. 205, "Glazing Materials." Air bubbles in the windshield could impact the driver's visibility, increasing the risk of a crash. Ford will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the windshields for air bubbles, replacing them as necessary, free of charge. The recall began in August. Reference Link
08:18 EDTFFord upcoming analyst day first in three years, says UBS
UBS previewed Ford ahead of its first analyst meeting in three years. The firm said they expect the company to give end of decade guidance, to update on global markets, to raise its global margins target, and to reiterate its capital deployment strategy. UBS has a Buy rating and $22 price target on Ford.
07:09 EDTGMGeneral Motors to launch new Cadillac sedan next year, AP reports
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06:31 EDTFFord reduces Cologne manufacturing as EU demand calms, Reuters says
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September 18, 2014
10:02 EDTGMGeneral Motors to recall 3,200 natural gas-fueled vans, WSJ reports
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