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July 23, 2014
13:45 EDTF, GMEarnings 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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August 26, 2015
09:25 EDTFOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: Abercrombie & Fitch (ANF), down 15.1%... Express (EXPR), up 9.8%... Frontline (FRO), up 10.4%... Chico's FAS (CHS), up 9.3%. ALSO HIGHER: Oshkosh (OSK), up 11.9% after being awarded a $6.7B contract by the U.S. Army... EMC Corporation (EMC), up 5.8% after Re/code reported that the board is considering a VMware (VMW) downstream merger proposal... Google (GOOG), up 4.6% after being upgraded to Conviction Buy from Neutral at Goldman... Ford (F), up 2.4% after Bloomberg reported that the company is considering returning production of Bronco and Ranger to the U.S. NOTABLE: Cameron International (CAM), up 45.4% after announcing that it will be acquired by Schlumberger (SLB). Schlumberger is down 1.9%. LOWER: WisdomTree (WETF), down 3.6% after being downgraded to Sell from Buy at Citi... Transocean (RIG), down 3.4% after proposing to cancel Q3 and Q4 dividends.
09:21 EDTFFord considering returning production of Bronco, Ranger to U.S., Bloomberg says
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August 25, 2015
12:08 EDTFOptions with increasing volume: EXC POM MDLZ EWJ WBA MW F KMI
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August 24, 2015
19:36 EDTGMGeneral Motors ends two-week strike in Brazil, Reuters says
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17:50 EDTGMGeneral Motors denies 3944 of 4343 ignition switch claims
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16:00 EDTFOptions Update; August 24, 2015
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09:45 EDTGMOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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09:18 EDTGMOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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08:04 EDTGMGeneral Motors coverage resumed with an Underweight at Morgan Stanley
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06:14 EDTGMGM recalling 59,474 2010 Chevrolet Cobalt vehicles
GM is recalling 59,474 2010 Chevrolet Cobalt vehicles manufactured January 4, 2010, to June 23, 2010. The affected vehicles may be equipped with an improperly routed Side-Impact Sensor wiring harness in the driver side front door. The misrouted wiring harness could cause an electrical short that disables the driver side curtain air bag. A disabled driver side roof-rail air bag will not deploy in the event of a crash necessitating deployment of that air bag, increasing the risk of injury to the driver.
August 23, 2015
18:23 EDTGMGM, Volkswagen slow production at Chinese factories, WSJ says
Auto manufacturers including General Motors (GM) and Volkswagen (VLKAY) appear to be running their Chinese factories at less than maximum capacity for the first time, reports the Wall Street Journal, citing industry data. The numbers suggest that a "bumpier ride" may be in store for multinationals that counted on Chinese demand, said the report. "The situation seems worse than that of 2008," remarked an engineer working at GM's Shanghai plant. Reference Link
August 21, 2015
06:46 EDTGMGM recalling 5,493 2014-2015 Chevrolet Impala vehicles
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August 20, 2015
10:14 EDTFFord reports Europe sales up 5.3% in July
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August 19, 2015
13:35 EDTGMGM investing C$12M for added Chevrolet Equinox production at Oshawa Assembly
GM Canada president and managing director Steve Carlisle announced that GM will invest C$12M to increase Chevrolet Equinox production on the Consolidated production line at Oshawa Assembly and for related changes in the body shop at CAMI Assembly. This further investment in Ontario-based production and supplier tools will help to meet strong North American customer demand for the Chevrolet Equinox. The investment extends plans for ongoing Oshawa Assembly Consolidated Line production to 2017. GM has invested approximately C$800M in its Oshawa and St. Catharines operations over the past 3 years and recently announced a further $800M investment in its CAMI operation in Ingersoll, Ontario.
August 18, 2015
16:50 EDTGMGM's future Buick production may shift to Europe, China, Reuters reports
According to two sources familiar with General Motors' plans, the majority of Buick vehicles sold in the United States after 2016 may be imported from China and Europe, Reuters reports. Reference Link
15:58 EDTGMGM's future Buick production may shift to Europe, China, Reuters reports
12:11 EDTFSEC joins German probe of Ford's alleged bribery, Reuters reports
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12:05 EDTFFord recalls roughly 26,400 vehicles in NA for seat belt malfunction
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August 17, 2015
07:42 EDTGM, FNew Street-high target of $465 gives Tesla shares a charge
Shares of Tesla Motors (TSLA) are jumping after Morgan Stanley boosted its price target by $185 to $465, a new high among Wall Street analysts. The company is positioned to dominate as car sales shift to robot-driven and shared vehicles, the firm argues. SELLING MILES: Morgan Stanley analyst Adam Jonas raised his price target for Tesla Motors to $465 from $280, well above Friday's closing price of $243.15. Today, ten trillion vehicle miles are driven annually, with almost all of them delivered by "companies practicing a 100-year-old business model of human-driven, privately owned, internal-combustion vehicles," Jonas tells investors in a research note. General Motors (GM), Ford (F), Toyota (TM) and Honda (HMC) are among the publicly traded traditional carmakers. The market of selling cars is going through some fundamental changes, argues Jonas. He believes Tesla is "uniquely positioned" to dominate given its expertise in autonomous technology and networked machine learning. An app-based, on-demand mobility service could more than triple Tesla's potential revenues by 2029, the analyst estimates. He expects Tesla over the next 18 months to roll out formalized business plans on shared mobility, allowing the electric vehicle maker to sell miles in addition to cars. His new price target of $465 reflects Tesla's potential to lead the revolution of the shared mobility public transportation hyper-structure and more confidence around the commercial viability of Tesla Energy. ROBOT-DRIVEN: Jonas expects nearly all car sales to eventually shift from human-driven, individually-owned cars to robot-driven and shared cars. If Tesla wants to succeed on its mission of accelerating the world's transition to sustainable transport, the move to a shared mobility model is critical, he argues. All of Tesla's cars are electric, connected, and able to "learn" through over-the- air firmware updates at any time, which no other established automaker can claim today, Jonas writes. MARKET REACTION: Investors are buying into what Jonas is arguing. Shares of Tesla are up 5%, or $13.10, to $256.25 in pre-market trading. Over the past three months through Friday's close, the stock is down 2%.
August 16, 2015
15:44 EDTGMGeneral Motors to invest 'several million' in historic factory renovation
General Motors announced that the "historic" Durant-Dort Factory One will be converted into an archive and research center as part of a renovation project. GM will invest several million dollars to create a modern archive to house the automotive collection currently located at Kettering University. The archive and research center will occupy the first floor of the east wing of Factory One. GM plans to develop the second floor of the east wing into a meeting area for GM, community and educational groups to conduct STEM-related classes, seminars and, potentially, research. The high-bay area in the west wing of the facility will be renovated to house classic vehicles and other historical artifacts. Once plans are finalized and a general contractor is selected, work on the archive and other interior projects could begin in early 2016 with the project completed in 2017, according to GM. Reference Link
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