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July 23, 2014
13:45 EDTGM, FEarnings Preview: General Motors to take Q2 charge up to $1.2B on recalls
General Motors Company (GM) is expected to report second quarter earnings on Thursday, July 24 before the market open with a conference call scheduled for 10:00 am ET. General Motors is a global designer and builder of cars, trucks and automobile parts. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of 58c on revenue of $40.59B, according to First Call. The consensus range for EPS is 50c-74c on revenue of $39.74B-$41.53B. LAST QUARTER: GM reported Q1 EPS of 6c against estimates for 4c on revenue of $37.4B against estimates for $38.43B. On its Q1 earnings conference call, GM said its core operating performance was on plan for the year. It noted GMNA and consolidated International operations were performing as planned, with Europe and China performing better than plan, and GMSA performance weaker due to challenging environments in Venezuela and Brazil. On its Q1 earnings conference call, GM said it was on track to break-even in Europe by mid-decade, and no meaningful slowdown in U.S. sales had been seen after the recall. GM CEO Mary Barra said the company remained "optimistic" on its 2014 U.S. sales performance despite negative publicity related to its ongoing ignition switch recall and associated legal matters. Barra saw the ability to do repairs increasing in coming months, and expected to have sufficient parts to be able to complete the majority of recall-related repairs by October. She expected the need for loaner cars related to recalls to be "significantly reduced" by Q3. On June 30, GM announced it will conduct six new safety recalls in the United States involving about 7.6M vehicles from the 1997-2014 model years. Among these recalled vehicles, GM was aware of seven crashes, eight injuries and three fatalities. GM expects to take a charge of up to approximately $1.2B in Q2 for the cost of recall-related repairs announced in the quarter. This amount includes a previously disclosed $700M charge for recalls already announced during Q2. STREET RESEARCH: Street research has been mixed in the weeks leading up to GMs Q2 earnings report. On June 26, Sterne Agee said GM and Ford (F) shares should be owned. After meeting with the management of Ford (F) and GM, Sterne Agee thought the companies' European businesses were improving, while pricing was favorable for them. The firm believed that the stocks were at an inflection point. On July 14, UBS said Ford should beat Q2 estimates, while General Motors will miss. UBS believed Ford (F) will beat Q2 estimates while General Motors (GM) will miss due to recall costs. Were it not for the recall charges, UBS thought GM would post solid underlying results. UBS, which thought Ford is likely to see a strong second half as product launch costs are already factored into guidance, raised its price target on the stock to $22 from $18. UBS increased its GM price target to $54 from $49. The firm kept Buy ratings on both stocks. PRICE ACTION: GM shares have traded higher by about 10% since Q1 results were released, but are up only about 3% over the past year. In afternoon trading ahead of Thursday's Q2 report, GM shares are down fractionally.
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November 18, 2014
17:37 EDTGM, FNHTSA wants 'millions of vehicles' recalled due to Takata air bags, CNBC reports
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, or NHTSA, is calling for a nationwide recall of "millions of vehicles" due to Takata air bags that could inflate with too much force and injure drivers, reports CNBC. The NHTSA stated that the agency will "use the full extent of its statutory powers" if the recall is not conducted quickly, CNBC added. Publicly traded companies in the space include Fiat S.p.A. (FIATY), Ford (F), General Motors (GM), Honda (HMC), Nissan (NSANY), Toyota (TM) and Volkswagen (VLKAY). Reference Link
09:55 EDTFFord recalling 65,000 Fusion sedans in North America, Reuters reports
Ford is recalling 65,000 Fusions in North America, or about 56,500 in the U.S., 6,000 in Canada and 2,350 in Mexico, Reuters reports. The automaker is recalling the vehicles due to a programming fault that allows the key to be removed from the ignition even if the car is not in "park" 30 minutes after the ignition is off. No injuries or crashes have been reported as a result of this issue. For the latest breaking news, listen to Fly Radio
November 17, 2014
14:17 EDTFFord wants to make electric vehicles for the masses, Yahoo reports
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09:22 EDTFOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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06:07 EDTGMDeadline extended for GM compensation claims, AP reports
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November 16, 2014
17:57 EDTFFord expands Ranger recall on additional Takata air bag defect, Bloomberg says
Ford has increased the scope of its Ranger pickup trucks recall after an incident in Malaysia alerted the car company of a defect in the Takata air bags that was not previously known, says Bloomberg. Reference Link
16:55 EDTFFord could rise 30% in a year, Barron's says
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November 14, 2014
17:13 EDTGMAppaloosa gives quarterly update on stakes
NEW STAKES: NXP Semiconductors (NXPI), Lorillard (LO), Alibaba (BABA), and Shire (SHPG). INCREASED STAKES: Whirlpool (WHR), Priceline (PCLN), Delta (DAL), CBS (CBS), and General Motors (GM). DECREASED STAKES: American Airlines (AAL), Disney (DIS), Apple (AAPL), MGM Resorts (MGM), and Eastman Chemical (EMN). LIQUIDATED STAKES: Expedia (EXPE), AIG (AIG), Prudential (PRU), Celanese (CE), and ASML Holding (ASML).
16:39 EDTGMBerkshire Hathaway gives quarterly update on stakes
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07:32 EDTGMHayman Capital gives quarterly update on stakes
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November 13, 2014
11:15 EDTFFord wary of expanding South African investment, Reuters says
Due to repeated disruptions to its operations from strikes, Ford is reticent to expand its investment in Its South African operation, says Reuters. Jeff Nemeth, president of Ford's South African business, said, "A challenge for us here in South Africa is convincing our board to continue to invest in a country where the stability of output is a little less certain than in other countries," added Reuters. Reference Link
06:24 EDTGMHeidrick & Struggles picked by GM to find new general counsel, WSJ reports
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November 12, 2014
08:42 EDTGMGeneral Motors' Ammann leading push for change, WSJ says
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07:22 EDTFFord offers favorable risk/reward, says UBS
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November 11, 2014
17:17 EDTGMGM scales back workers, production at small car plant, WSJ says
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07:15 EDTFFord begins production of 2015 F-150 at Ford Rouge Center
The 2015 Ford F-150 starts production at Ford Rouge Center. The facilities have been transformed with the latest in manufacturing technology to build the first mass-produced truck in its class featuring a high-strength, military-grade, aluminum-alloy body and bed. The new F-150 goes on sale in December in the U.S. and will be available in 90 markets in 2015.
November 10, 2014
08:04 EDTFFord announces partnership with Wind Energy Corporation
Ford Motor Company is collaborating with Wind Energy Corporation to bring a new and innovative source of clean energy to its dealers. Under a pilot program exclusive to Ford, Wind Energy will install wind sail and solar panel systems at four Ford dealerships, a nearly $750,000 investment, to help power dealer facilities. A Windy System is expected to deliver 20,000 kilowatts of electricity annually. That is enough energy to power two average-sized homes for a year or charge a Ford Focus Electric 870 times, Fusion Energi 2,600 times and C-MAX Energi 2,600 times. Using one Windy System will offset nearly 14 tons of greenhouse gases per year.
06:41 EDTGMGM ordered new switches months before recall, WSJ reports
Half a million replacement ignition switches were ordered by General Motors (GM) almost two months before it alerted federal safety regulators of the issues that led to a recall of millions of vehicles, the Wall Street Journal reports, citing email exchanges between the automaker and Delphi Automotive (DLPH). The email exchanges, which took place in mid-December 2013 between a GM contract worker and Delphi, indicate GM placed an "urgent" order for 500,000 replacement switches on December 18, a day after a meeting of senior executives. Reference Link
November 7, 2014
11:59 EDTGM, FSenators ask U.S. DOJ to review Takata as airbag worries increase, Reuters says
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09:01 EDTFFord names Marcy Kevorn as VP, Chief Information Officer
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